September Alumnae Spotlight, Jalan Richardson, Sioux of 2011

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

At Ursuline, I found my love for science. It was in my 7th grade science class that I found experimenting and working to answer questions fun. That love of science was further solidified in my high school Chemistry class with Ms. Harney. Here is where I decided to major in Chemistry upon graduation in 2011. While attending Hampton University, I concentrated on forensic chemistry but was unaware of what was to come next. I thought back to a time in high school where I volunteered to teach Catechism classes and the joy I received in working with kids. This led to my decision to become a teacher back in my hometown. Ursuline not only gave me a love of science but by instilling Serviam, helped me recognize my love of teaching.

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy.

Ursuline taught me so many values, but the most significant and the value I think had the biggest impact on who I am as a person is Serviam. During my time in school, volunteering at different sites gave me perspective on the different types of people in my community and I’ve always made sure to carry that with me even to college. In college, I joined an organization that serviced the campus community from planning events, to integrating the incoming freshmen to college and even doing service in the city. Service also led to me joining my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. which was founded on the idea of women collectively doing service in their community for those in need. Even when thinking about a lasting impact, becoming a teacher was one of the biggest acts of service I could ever do.

Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.

Ursuline is tradition. From wearing white gowns with a dozen red roses on graduation day, to class names being passed on since the 1950s, to a commitment to educating girls in New Orleans since 1727, everything that happens is rooted in tradition.


Jalan A. Richardson is a proud Sioux of 2011. She holds a Bachelors in Chemistry from Hampton University and a M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education. She has worked at KIPP Renaissance High School teaching Algebra 2, Geometry and Chemistry. She has also worked at KIPP East Community Primary teaching 4th grade science. Jalan is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and in her free time enjoys going to the movies, hosting parties and spending time with family and friends. She is happy to have returned home to State Street in the the 2019-2020 school year to teach Physical Science.