Celebrate Black History: Dr. Juanita M. Hill & Mr. Claude J. Hill, Jr.

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Full Name: Dr. Juanita M. Hill & Mr. Claude J. Hill, Jr.

 

Where are you from?

Dr. Juanita Hill – New Orleans, Louisiana

Claude Hill, Jr. – Marrero, Louisiana

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: We are husband and wife and the parents of Lela Hill and Claude Hill, III. We believe that education is the key that will open doors on the journey to success. We met as undergraduates at Nicholls State University. We both received a Bachelors degree from Nicholls State University and a Masters of Art degree in Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Juanita continued her pursuit of a higher degree and earned a Doctorate of Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. We both have teacher, administrator, and superintendent certifications. We have been employed with St. John the Baptist Parish Schools for the past 24 years. In the 24 years, Juanita has served as a teacher, assistant principal, district administrator, interim assistant superintendent, assumed the duties of the director of human resources, and is currently serving in the role of the Director of Data Management; Claude has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and is currently serving as principal of West St. John High School.

 

Who are some black role models you look up to, and why? 

Juanita – My grandmother was my role model as a young child and young adult. The values she instilled in me are priceless. She taught me to believe that I can do all things through Christ. As a mother of two young adults, their achievements, values, and ethics lead me to look to them as my role models. They continue to shine bright in all they do which makes me extremely proud.

Claude – My father is my role model. Although he worked long hours as I was growing up, lessons he taught me are invaluable and have shaped my work ethic and leadership style.

  

What does Black History Month mean to you? Black History Month means never forgetting and respecting the past while appreciating the effect our past has on the present.

 

Why is it important to encourage diversity?  

The concept of diversity has expanded throughout the years, and it should be coupled with inclusion to further promote the value and importance of all voices. As diversity advocate Verna Myers said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” It is important to understand that people are individuals and unique, and while one may not understand someone else’s lifestyle, we should not only encourage but also respect and value the differences of opinion because that is the best way to truly grow.

 

What changes would you like to see in the local community?  We would love to expand on the evening and weekend activities for teenagers and elderly citizens. It is our belief that the more opportunities we provide our youth to be engaged and explore all of life’s opportunities, beyond the scope of what they see, the broader their knowledge and prospects may be in the future. For the elderly, we can provide more weekly or monthly socials and/or game nights to not only circumvent loneliness but also promote healthy brain function.