Ms. Linda L. Stone – Principal
Ms. Stone began her tenure at Hope Academy from inception in 2007.
With over 30 years experience educating special needs students, Ms. Stone served in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish public schools, as well as through private tutoring.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Mild/Moderate and Elementary Education, Master’s of Education Degree in Learning Disabilities, Certificate of Education Specialist and Reading Specialist from LSU. She holds a Supervision of Student Teaching Certification and has supervised many student teachers from both LSU and Southeastern University.
A Louisiana State Certified Dyslexia Screening Specialist, Ms. Stone has been trained in SIMS (Strategic Instructional Model), Project Read, and DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills). She has served as I.E.P. Facilitator and Special Education Representative, K-3 Initiative Tutoring Program Coordinator and Tutor, and LEAP Extended Year Program Lead Teacher in the public school system. Ms. Stone also is recognized as a Qualified Mental Health Professional for children.
Ms. Stone was awarded the Wal-Mart 2001 Teacher of the Year, the Oschner’s Clinic 1996 Teacher of the Year, was a nominee for 1989 National Teacher of the Year and was the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs 2010 Educator of the Year.
Ms. Stone worked closely with State Representative Franklin Foil to draft and implement passage of Act 515; a pilot voucher program for special needs students.
Her volunteer work includes Special Olympics, summer programs for children and adults with autism and mental disabilities, Lose the Training Wheels, Children’s Activities Coordinator for Parents without Partners, and Adult Literacy Tutor for Operation Upgrade.
Ms. Stone currently serves as Board President of Hope Academy’s on-campus clinic, Bridges Learning Solutions, Inc., which provides ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy for students diagnosed with Autism.