IDEA Innovation

Proudly serving the parents, families and students of South Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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who we are

IDEA Innovation sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.


Year Founded


Students Currently Enrolled

K – 9

21-22 Grade Levels


2019-2020 Board of Directors Open Meetings

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IDEA's Special Education Program

The Special Programs team provides resources, training, and support for all campuses that service students who are English Language Learners (ELL) and/or receive 504, Homebound, Dyslexia, or Special Education services. Additionally, we provide resources, training, and support for the Response to Intervention (RtI) process and for campuses that service students who receive a specialized remedial curriculum for additional academic support.

Campus Leaders

Shenell _Polo


Principal, IDEA Innovation Academy

Shenell Deville was raised in the small rural town of Mamou in Southwest Louisiana. She comes from a family lineage of educators. Shenell attended Grambling State University in Louisiana and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1993. She then attended the University of New Orleans and earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Education in Special Education. She also earned her Educational Leadership certification through her studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.

During her 25 years in education, Shenell served as a special education teacher, a gifted and talented teacher, biology teacher, a special programs manager for special education, 504 and English Language Learners, an educational diagnostician, a state academic coordinator, an assistant principal in Houston, TX, and an elementary school principal in North Louisiana. She has worked in many settings throughout her career: public school, private school, charter school, online school, supplemental educational services, district level, and state level.

Shenell joined IDEA in June 2020 as Principal for Innovation Academy in Baton Rouge. She is grateful to relocate back to her home roots in Southern Louisiana and be of service to the children, families, school staff, and community of the great capitol city of Baton Rouge.


Jeremy Roussel

Principal, IDEA Innovation College Prep

IDEA Innovation College Prep Principal Jeremy Roussel is a first generation college graduate and native of New Orleans. A Louisiana-certified school leader, Jeremy holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a Masters in English Literature with another 30+ graduate credits dedicated to Educational Administration. 

He’s served in public education for over ten years and continues to fight for equity and excellence for underserved and marginalized students in Southern Louisiana. Jeremy is currently pursuing his doctorate in School Leadership and plans to support Southern Louisiana for many years to come


Leslie Spencer

Founding Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA Innovation