Audience in Lecture






Resident, KIPP Crescent Teaching Residency


KIPP New Orleans Schools


Naressa Cofield is currently the 4th grade intervention Teacher Leader where she is responsible for leading data initiatives to more effectively utilize student outcomes, school and community needs to develop comprehensive teaching and learning strategies to drive student achievement. She leads school-wide efforts to improve data collection, reporting, and analysis to further support student and school improvement efforts. She partners with grade-level, intervention, and school-wide teams to ensure alignment and coordination of resources to maximize impact.

Prior to this role, she was the Director of Excellence in Programming at Choice Foundation where she was responsible for overseeing the foundation's strategic and tactical data initiatives and leading implementation of organizational and system enhancements to drive continuous instructional and organizational improvements. Naressa also led the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) Talent team, where she was responsible for overseeing and supporting development and implementation of the state’s new educator support and evaluation system, Compass and the Compass Information System (CIS). While at the LDOE, she also served as the lead for Louisiana’s Round III Race to the Top application and supported efforts resulting in awarding of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Department of Education School Improvement Grant (SIG).

Naressa joined the Louisiana Department of Education as a Broad Resident, following a successful career in operations with Johnson & Johnson. Naressa holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, an M.Ed. from the Broad Center and a B.S. from the College of Agriculture, Life, and Natural Sciences at Alabama A&M University.