Name a School for Dr. Milton Joseph Becnel

Name a School for Dr. Milton Joseph Becnel

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Karen Becnel Moore started this petition to New Orleans Community and Outreach

Dr. Milton Joseph Becnel was a renowned educator in Orleans Parish for 40 years of continued service as a teacher, principal, school administrator, consultant, and Director of Compensatory Education. He worked tirelessly against structures of oppression and carved a safe path for his students to achieve their dreams using the two powerful tools of quiet dignity and peerless excellence. He inspired his students with determination, confidence, and aspirations toward excellence in achievement. He was an outstanding role model who taught them life lessons and a keen sense of dedication and commitment to the highest ideals and standards of human existence. He never gave up on them and he taught them never to give up on themselves or their circumstances.

Dr. Becnel taught and served as principal at a host of area schools in New Orleans, was the founding principal of George Washington Carver Senior High School, and was the supervising principal of the Carver Complex Site, involving the three schools of Helen S. Edwards Elementary, G. W. Carver Junior High and G. W. Carver Senior High Schools. Prior to his appointment at Carver, he served as principal of McDonough No. 40 Elementary, Johnson Lockett Elementary, and Samuel J. Green Junior High Schools. He taught at Valena C. Jones, Albert Wicker, and Rudolph T. Danneel Elementary Schools, and Booker T. Washington Senior High School. As the Director of Compensatory Education, he was the founder and “father” of the Lawless Community School, the Margaret Haughery School for school-age expectant mothers, and other innovative educational projects. His understanding of community needs and his attention to detail kept grant funding proposals on course for approval.

Upon retiring from the Orleans Parish School System, he served as Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Southern University at New Orleans, Chairman of the Department of Education, and Founder and Director of the Weekend College at SUNO.  He also served as an educational consultant and lecturer at Dillard University, Tulane University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, the University of Tennessee, and the United States Navy.

Dr. Becnel was a lifelong advocate of disadvantaged children and an avid researcher and author of learning and teaching methods to encourage minority children to excel in the classroom. His professional experiences included all phases of teaching, counseling, administration, and supervision. In his determined efforts to extend educational opportunities to students in the New Orleans minority community, he conceived, authored, and directed several successful programs for at-risk inner-city learners, including, “3 R’s Methodology of Study and Learning,” “Project Alert: Training and Treatment,” and “Computer Advocacy and Literacy” Programs. He is also widely recognized for his contributions to students pursuing state certification through the National Teacher Examination at Southern University at New Orleans.

In view of his dedicated service to New Orleans public schools and universities and in consideration of these and other achievements, we the undersigned submit the name of Dr. Milton Joseph Becnel for favorable consideration in the naming of a school in his honor.

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