Two familiar faces at Kenilworth take on new leadership roles

Aug 21, 2019

Two familiar faces at Kenilworth Science and Technology School in Baton Rouge are starting the new year with new roles at the charter school.
Hasan Suzuk, the longtime principal at Kenilworth, has been promoted to executive director by the Pelican Education Foundation, which is Kenilworth's school board. Mr. Suzuk announced he has, in turn, promoted Hazel Regis from assistant principal to principal.
"Mr. Suzuk is an outstanding educator who has done a tremendous job at Kenilworth," said Dr. Orhan Kizilkaya, president of the board. "We are confident he will continue to demonstrate exceptional educational leadership for our school community." 

Mr. Suzuk has been Kenilworth's principal for nine years. He previously served in administrative roles in charter schools in Oklahoma. As executive director, Mr. Suzuk will oversee all of Kenilworth's operations, strategic initiatives and long-term planning.
"I am honored to lead this school forward in continuing the work of providing a high-quality education to all students, regardless of their circumstances or socio-economic backgrounds," Mr. Suzuk said. "I am proud of Kenilworth's track record, but I am even more excited about the future."

Mrs. Regis has been at Kenilworth since shortly after it was 
converted to a charter school. Since 2012, she has served as Kenilworth's assistant principal and dean of students.
"Mrs. Regis is a natural leader, and her positive nature and great interactions with students and parents will make her a great principal," Mr. Suzuk said.
Prior to her educational career, Mrs. Regis was an LSU All-America track star, an Olympic Games competitor for Grenada and ran track professionally. She still holds the LSU indoor record for the women's 400-meter sprint.
"Becoming principal is something I did not foresee, but it's a great opportunity at a great school," she said. "I don't plan on being stuck behind my desk - you'll see me in the classrooms, in the cafeteria and in the halls, being hands-on."
Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School is a state-sanctioned charter school with an academic focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Formerly a part of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, Kenilworth has demonstrated consistent academic growth since its conversion to a charter school in 2009. 
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