Shawn Hayes

Director of Teacher Development
Jefferson Parish Schools

Shawn Hayes has served as the Director of Teacher Development for Jefferson Parish Schools since joining the district in March 2018. He oversees multiple teacher leader pathways, new teacher support, state teacher leader initiatives, content-and curriculum-based professional learning, and works heavily with executive leadership to shape and execute the vision of teaching and Learning in Jefferson Parish Schools.

Prior to his work in Jefferson Parish, Shawn served as an award-winning special education teacher in the Memphis City Schools (now Shelby County Schools) and Calcasieu Parish Schools,where he garnered acclaim for his innovativeapproach to specialeducation services and moving the needle for kids. Shawn also has served in various teacher leader and instructional coaching roles at the local, state, and national levels.

Shawn has remained active at the local, state, national and international levels through multiple fellowship, board, and contract opportunities with Teach Plus, America Achieves, UnBoundEd, Teach Strong, Teacher Champions, Stand for Children, Embark New Memphis, Tennessee Department of Education, and the Louisiana Department of Education. Shawn bleeds red and black, having earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, he earned his master’s degree from the University of Memphis and is an actively enrolled doctoral student at the University of New Orleans.

You can follow Shawn on Twitter at @ShawnMHayes.