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Isaac G. Joseph Elementary Celebrates With School Dedication

Jefferson Parish Schools hosted a school dedication ceremony for Isaac G. Joseph Elementary School on September 23, 2022. Superintendent Dr. James Gray, School Board members, family members of Isaac Joseph, and local officials were onsite to celebrate the naming of Vic Pitre Elementary to Isaac G. Joseph Elementary School. 

The PK-5 school is named after Isaac G. Joseph, who was the first African-American superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Joseph graduated from Southern University before beginning his career in Jefferson Parish. Before serving as superintendent, he held various roles throughout the district. He served as a classroom teacher, Dean of Student Services, Principal, Director of Title I Programs, Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and Executive Director of Grants and Federal Programs. As superintendent, Joseph led the work to create three STEM schools, expanded Career and Technical Education opportunities for students, and launched the first-ever master facilities strategic plan. Joseph was an active member of Greater Zionfield Family Worship Center and Greater Mt. Calvary Church and was a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Joseph was a dedicated father and grandfather and a man of great integrity.