Rodney Pierre-Antoine, Executive Director
Rodney Pierre-Antoine is a passionate educator and transformational school leader who is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, have access to an excellent education that forms the mind, heart and spirit. Rodney firmly believes learning is maximized when students empowered and actively engaged in the process. Rodney is committed to supporting leaders and teachers across the Lumen Christi Academies network as they strive to form faith-filled scholars who think critically, are socially aware, and leverage their gifts and talents to respond to the needs around them.
Rodney has been an educator in the Bay Area since 1998. That year Rodney was accepted into Teach For America, after graduating with a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland. Rodney was placed in Oakland where he taught 5th Grade at Hoover Elementary School for 6 years before transitioning to the Oakland Diocese. Rodney has served in a number of leadership roles in the Diocese, first as a vice-principal for 2 years, then a school principal for 8 years, first at St. Felicitas in San Leandro and later St. Jarlath in Oakland. He also served as the Director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies, a national network of Catholic schools. Rodney has Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.
Marni Higgins, Instructional Technology Specialist
Marni Higgins’ passion for innovation in Catholic education has developed over the 19 years she has served as a teacher, vice principal, and technology coordinator with the Diocese of Oakland. Marni believes in cultivating strong, purposeful relationships with school community members to leverage influence and support our students.As Instructional Technology Specialist, Marni works with our Executive Director, the Diocesan Director of Technology, and school leaders as they collectively deploy new and exciting educational technology. Marni also provides professional development as well as ongoing coaching to help teachers and school leaders use existing resources to fully support student learning.
Board of Trustees
The academies will be led by a Board of Trustees, approved by Bishop Barber, consisting of community leaders committed to Catholic education with diverse professional backgrounds. The LCA Board of Trustees will have its own dedicated management to guide its mission, collaborating with the existing Department of Catholic Schools. The Board of Trustees will be officially installed in January 2019.