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Doris R. Hicks

Dr. Doris R. Hicks is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in New Orleans—the first public school to open in the city's devastated Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. King Charter School enrolls 782 students in grades pre-K to 12. The school also has the distinction of having been visited by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Dr. Hicks has contributed to the New Orleans public school system in numerous roles over the years, serving as an elementary school principal, area superintendent, and elementary school teacher, among other positions. She also has served in several association leadership positions, including as President of the Principal's Association of New Orleans Public Schools and the Louisiana Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and as Chair of the Language Arts Core Team for New Orleans.

Dr. Hicks has many years of professional and leadership experience, specifically in the area of reading, serving as a reading consultant for New Orleans Public Schools, as well as President of the New Orleans Council International Reading Association.

Dr. Hicks received a Ph.D. and bachelor's degree from Dillard University, and a master's degree in education from the University of New Orleans.