Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders - Staff

Dr. Laurel Thompson

Dr. Laurel Thompson is the Director of Student Services Department, Broward County Public Schools and the Project Director of Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL). As the Chair of Broward Schools High School Graduation Rate Task Force, Dr. Thompson identified the MTL program model as a viable method to increase graduation rates, and she led the grant-writing team that secured the current United States Department of Education High School Graduation Initiative grant through which MTL is funded. Dr Thompson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Fordham University, a Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in School Social Work from Barry University.

Patricia Lesesne

Patricia Lesesne is the Program Manager of Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders (MTL). Ms. Lesesne is a certified 6-12 Social Sciences instructor, and she was a Broward County Public Schools high school teacher for five years prior to joining the MTL team. As a teacher, Ms. Lesesne was a member of the AAMSA (African American Male Student Achievement) group, a teacher-led group at Plantation High School out of which MTL was birthed. The following year, she further developed MTL with clearly established guidelines and prescriptive programmatic cycles, and successfully launched it at Boyd H. Anderson High School. She also served on the grant-writing team that secured the current United States Department of Education High School Graduation Initiative grant through which MTL is funded. Ms. Lesesne earned a bachelor's degree, cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in social sciences and a Masters of Art in Teaching from Tufts University.

Pierre D. Ceinor

Dropout Prevention and Student Leadership

Pierre D. Ceinor is the Graduation Coach of the Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL) program at Boyd H. Anderson High School. Prior to joining the MTL Team, Mr. Ceinor worked as a Community Liaison at Cypress Elementary school for thirteen years. In 2001, he was selected as the Florida Non-Related School Employee of the Year for his commending work with the students and families of Broward County Public Schools. After leaving Cypress Elementary School, he accepted a position as a social worker at Coconut Creek High School where he distinguished himself, and received high accolades from the school principal for his work with the staff, the students and their families. Mr. Ceinor worked at Coconut Creek High School for three years. He graduated from Barry University with an MSW. He also earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLS) from the same university. Mr. Ceinor also has a certification from the Academy for Better Communities (Barry University).

Frances Safaite-Frederic

Dropout Prevention and Student Leadership

Frances Safaite-Frederic is the Graduation Coach for Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL) at Plantation High School. Her certifications include Educational Leadership (all levels) and English (6-12). Prior to joining the MTL family, Mrs. Frederic was Broward Schools English teacher for seven years during which time she served as Team Leader and Club Sponsor. She also worked as Communication Coordinator/Membership Manager for Phi Sigma Sigma Inc. Mrs. Frederic has also volunteered for many years at the church community as a Youth Leader/Mentor where she inspired students to excel academically, socially, and spiritually. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University where she majored in Communications, earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Conflict Resolution.

Shirley D. Baker

Educational Re-Engagement

Shirley D. Baker is the Graduation Coach for Re-Engagement for Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders(MTL). She is a previously retired English teacher after 35 years with Broward County Public Schools. As a teacher, Mrs. Baker established herself in the Broward County community as a liaison who coordinated many activities, including assisting many students with scholarships and post-secondary endeavors. She also served as an Education Consultant and Director of the Atlantic Coast Center of Excellence for the Urban League of Broward County, where she coordinated several initiatives. Before retiring, Mrs. Baker, along with Amalia Pares- Pomerantz, led a group of teachers in the formation of AAMSA (African American Male Student Achievement) at Plantation High School out of which MTL was birthed. She assisted with the development of MTL, and served as a consultant for the grant-writing team that secured the current United States Department of Education High School Graduation Initiative grant through which MTL is funded. Mrs. Baker earned a Bachelors Degree cum laude from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.