Former Jefferson volleyball star climbing fast in Louisiana charter school system

BATON ROUGE, La. – Elise Gilbert, a former Jefferson volleyball standout, was promoted to vice president of talent management IDEA Public Schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

IDEA Public Schools is a Texas-based charter school system that is growing rapidly in Louisiana. IDEA currently has two schools in Louisiana and is building a third, scheduled to open in August, after the organization took over another charter school in the Baton Rouge area. Baton Rouge has a population of more than 220,000 people.

At Jefferson, Elise was a first-team All-NIC-9 volleyball player in 2002. She went to Rock Valley College where she played on the Golden Eagles volleyball team that finished second at the 2004 NJCAA Division III tournament.

Elise then transferred to Louisiana State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2008 in kinesiology and exercise. Elise then became a certified personal trainer before entering education. She served as a physical education teacher for three years, a 12th grade education chair and a high school science teacher until 2013. 

In 2013, Elise transitioned over to administration. She served as manager of recruitment for YES Prep Public Schools in Houston for three years before joining The Broad Center in 2016 as associate director of recruitment. In 2017, she moved back to Louisiana with IDEA as regional director of staffing. She was promoted to director of talent management in 2019.

Posted on 07.12.21