Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell brought a wealth of experience and dedication as she began her journey in public service from Principal of McDonogh #15 Creative Arts School to City Councilmember of District "D". Mrs. Morrell has worked in private industry in marketing, construction, and thoroughbred racing and breeding. Various life experiences from a teacher's union representative and an administrator provided her with insight to effectively integrate disparate entities to achieve a common goal.
Mrs. Morrell began teaching at McDonogh #15 School in 1976 and went on to become the Principal in 1985. During her tenure as Principal, McDonogh #15 became a school for Creative Arts, which was recognized by Red Book Magazine as one of America's Best Schools.
In 1998, Mrs. Morrell was appointed by the Superintendent of Public Schools as Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Governmental Affairs. She developed the first published Legislative Agenda for the school district for local, state and federal issues.
In 2000, again as Principal, she developed the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) Academy, a middle school for the visual and performing arts. Mrs. Morrell's vision took the school from a starter program to its present full-time academic and arts program for students in grades sixth through eighth, as well as the construction of a state-of-the-art Dance Studio.
Councilmember Hedge-Morrell has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Louisiana State Racing Commission, the French Quarter Festival Committee, and the French Market Board, and as Trustee for the Center for Developmental Learning and Holy Cross School. Mrs. Morrell is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, the International Reading Association, and the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee. She was an Alternate Delegate to the National Democratic Convention 2000, and a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention 2004.
Mrs. Morrell received her Bachelor of Administration in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans and her Master of Science from Loyola University of New Orleans. In 1985, she furthered her educational goals to obtain her Administrative Supervision Certification from the University of New Orleans.
Councilmember Hedge-Morrell is the daughter of the late Randolph Hedge and Olga Johnson Hedge. She is the wife of Clerk of Criminal Court Arthur Morrell and has successfully raised four sons, Todd, Matthew, State Senator Jean Paul, and Nicholas Morrell. She is the grandmother of Kristin, Farrah, Ana, Mea, Maximillan, Dysen and Jude Morrell.
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