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Tracey Stelly


Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School

Tracey Stelly is entering her ninth year as the principal of Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School (Lavizzo). Under her leadership, the school improved from a Level 3 to a Level 1+, the highest possible, on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy. With a history of academic challenges, Tracey worked relentlessly with the school community to make Lavizzo into the high-performing school it is today. She is also proud to be one of three schools in the district with a Farmer’s Market and one of the only International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate schools in the local community.

In the upcoming school year, Tracey plans to begin a two-year process to officially authorize the IB Middle School Years Program at Lavizzo. As part of the process, all staff will be trained during the current school year and fully implement the requirements for authorization.

Tracey received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s in education administration from Governor’s State University. She started her education career 26 years ago as a substitute teacher, but knew from “day one” that she picked the right path for herself. Tracey has served as a school counselor, a senior manager for the IB Middle Years Program and an assistant principal in the years leading up to her principalship at Lavizzo.

Tracey believes that building and maintaining strong relationships with all Lavizzo’s stakeholders is a critical part of the school’s success. She will continue working with teachers, parents and community members to empower and prepare Lavizzo students for the challenges of a global environment and society.

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