DeBose Performing Arts Coordinator

(Elementary School)

Mary Johnson


Ms. Mary Johnson received her Master of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana and Bachelor of Music from Southern University A&M, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was awarded Music Teacher of the Year by Baton Rouge Symphony in 2015. She is a veteran educator with East Baton Rouge Parish School System (The Dufrocq School) Music Teacher for Grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, volunteering as the Dufrocq School’s dance troupe sponsor and being an LAA+ Schools Foundation Fellow.

DeBose Performing Arts Coordinator

(Middle School)

Brandy Hawkins-Johnson


Ms. Johnson is a professional performing artist performing at Little Theatre of Baton Rouge. She is also a Distinguished Educator and Choral Director. Previously teaching at Claiborne Elementary, Ms. Johnson is currently, Director of Choirs at McKinley Middle Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts) as well as McKinley's Visual and Performing Arts Department Head.

DeBose Performing Arts Coordinator

(Middle School)

Shelton Smith


Mr. Smith has served outstandingly for 11 plus years as Director of Choirs and the Drama Department at Park Forest Middle Magnet. He is also a published composer and arranger.

DeBose Performing Arts Coordinator

(High School/West Baton Rouge Parish)

Jared Robinson


Mr. Robinsons is a renown Gospel Recording Artist, Church Musician, Dedicated Educator. He previously served as choral director in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Mr. Robinson currently serves as an administrator and teacher in the West Baton Rouge Parish School System. (Louisiana)

DeBose Performing Arts Coordinator (Dance)

Allegri Gosserand


As the Dance instructor at Sherwood Middle Magnet, Allegri Gosserand has had a successful experience in leading and mentoring students of various ages and backgrounds by using diverse instructional approaches and resources during her fifteen years at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School (SMAMS). As a certified dance teacher, her passion for dance and many years of experience provided her the opportunity to collaborate and engage with other faculty, committees, local and national artists in creative spaces. Her hopes are through hard work, participation and dedication she can continue the tradition of excellence in our dance space.


DeBose Performing Arts Coordinator (Dance)

Jeoffery Harris, Jr.


Jeoffery Harris, Jr. is a native of New Orleans, LA. He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Digital Design and minor in Dance. His training is in multiple genres of dance. Jeoffery is the Artistic Director/ Owner of F.A.M.E. On Tour Dance Intensive/ Competition. He currently sits on the Arts Council of Baton Rouge Inaugural Advisory Board. Jeoffery is a National Dance Adjudicator for four national dance companies and a dance convention instructor. Jeoffery is the creator of “Brown Boys Dance” an organization that promotes diversity in dance by promoting brown male dancers and choreographers. Jeoffery is a proud member of Chi Tau Epsilon Dance honor society. He has performed in numerous productions such as: Performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Art in Washington, D.C., where his choreography was honored on the National Level.