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    Mission Statement:

    Mission Statement: To provide quality School-based Administrative Leadership for Louisiana schools through Professional Development, Legislation and Member Services.

    LAP Office - North

    103 Crawford St. Winnfield, - LA 71483
    Phone: (318) 648-2999

    LAP Office - South

    7409 Highway 90, Roanoke, LA 70581
    Phone: (337) 526-0003

    Web Site:

    Toll free 800-238-9371
    FAX 318-648-2990

    [email protected]

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    President's Message

    Dr. Ragan Lorraine
    2019-2020 LAP President

         This school year will be history in the making for all of you. We are venturing into uncharted territories. Although this may be challenging, our goals remain the same: To protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and community while educating the hearts and minds of our students.

         Each school system will tackle this challenge very differently. I pray that all of Louisiana’s schools conquer this school year with the strength, wisdom, and flexibility that will make us a huge success. As a state, we have overcome many hardships, but these hardships have only made us stronger in our communities and in our state. We will succeed! We will rise above! We will educate our students! There are no roadblocks that we as educators encounter that we cannot overcome. May your year be filled with lots of laughter, smiles, and joy. ​

    Galliano Elementary
    Lafourche Parish

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    Annual Conference

    The 2020-2021 LAP Annual Administrators' Conference will be held on Sunday evening, January 31 - Monday, February 1, in Lake Charles at the Golden Nugget Casino and Resort. This administrators' Conference will be for ALL administrators--principals and assistant principals.

    Dr. Adolph Brown
    Keynote Speaker

    LAP is proud to welcome Dr. Adolph Brown to Louisiana.  Dr. Brown is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker.  He is a servant-leader at heart, a life-long social justice advocate and a career teacher educator.  As a credentialed Master Teacher, he helps teachers reach every student.  As a much sought-after and highly effective Unconscious Bias, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion keynote speaker, Dr. Brown skillfully addresses the impact of stereotypes. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in abject poverty of the inner city housing projects infested with gangs, drugs and violence. For more on Dr. Adolph Brown, go to DocSpeaks.com.

    The conference will begin on Sunday, January 31, 2021.  Registration will begin at 3 p.m. with the first general session at 4 p.m. Then at 6 p.m. DreamTeachers is sponsoring our Social Networking Reception once again.

    Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2021, enjoy a hot breakfast buffet.  Those who were unable to sign in on Sunday afternoon will be able to register at this time as well. The second general session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with our keynote speaker, Dr. Adolph Brown.  There will also be time during the morning to visit our many exhibitors that support LAP.  You don't want to miss the Principals of the Year luncheon!  This year not only are we recognizing and honoring our Principals of the Year, we will be recognizing and honoring our Assistant Principal of the Year. This is just a "sneak peak" into what LAP has planned for this years' conference.  More details will be announced at a later date.  

    Due to the January 31, 2021 - February 1, 2021, conference dates, registration is slated to be open either late September or the first of October.

    Save those dates and make plans to attend!

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    LDOE News

    Dr. Cade Brumley
    Louisiana Superintendent of Education

    Dr. Cade Brumley began his tenure as the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education in June 2020. Dr. Brumley is a product of public education who has invested his entire professional career into improving the lives of Louisiana children. He has served students as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, district leader, and superintendent.

    Prior to joining the Louisiana Department of Education, Dr. Brumley served as Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools, the largest school system in the state with more than 51,000 students. Under his steady leadership, the school system earned its first increase in four years on its 2019 state report card; led the state in Advanced Placement growth; outpaced the state’s gains on the number of students earning Mastery on state assessments; provided local educators with their first raise in over a decade; adopted standardized district-wide curriculum; and created a Transformation Network to provide extra support and resources to high-need schools.

    Before that, Dr. Brumley served six years as DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent in Northwest Louisiana. During his time in DeSoto, results greatly improved, and the system now ranks as one of Louisiana's top ten districts for student academic achievement, an increase from 49.

    In addition, Dr. Brumley served as the President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, representing the interests of all Louisiana school systems at the state level.

    Dr. Brumley holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, a Masters of Education in School Administration from Louisiana State University - Shreveport, and a Doctorate of Education in School Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has served as adjunct instructor at multiple universities and has supported numerous non-profit organizations in the areas of organizational leadership. He has completed several post-doctorate fellowships centered around urban education in America.

    An avid marathoner, Dr. Brumley has raised in excess of $25,000 through running for organizations such as St. Jude's, Wounded Warrior Project, and the ALS Association. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in outdoor pursuits, visiting with friends, spending time at church, and going to movies.

    Follow Dr. Brumley on Twitter at @cadebrumley.

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    From The Desk of The Executive Director

    Joseph David

         March 13, 2020, a Friday the 13th we will never forget.  The day the governor announced a cancellation of schools in our state because of Covid-19.  Who knew then what an impact this would have on our lives?  Our students and faculties would ever be affected and changed.  Zoom has become the four-letter word that we all live by.  Many changes have been made in our education system to benefit our students.  Education will never be the same as we know it. 

    It has been a busy summer despite Covid-19! 

    • Act 9 was passed by the legislature and signed into law by our governor. This was a bill designed to protect state employees from lawsuits in the case of Covid.  After much discussion, a compromise from those for and against the bill was made.
    • The CARES Act was passed by the federal government to provide schools with financial resources to support technology in our systems. 
    • The BESE board appointed a new Superintendent in the middle of this crisis. Cade Brumley is a former educator, administrator, and superintendent in Louisiana schools.  LAP proudly supported our former board member to this appointment.  We have been fortunate to be included in several meetings with Dr. Brumley to keep administrators informed of educational changes and value their input in these changes.
    • The Accountability Commission has met via Zoom to discuss changes to our testing system, teacher evaluations, and school performance scores. No decisions have been made on any of these topics, but LAP is actively involved in how these changes will affect our administrators and staffs across the state. 

         The immediate goal is to start up our schools and get our students back in them in a safe environment for all stakeholders.  This is a priority for all our principals as they begin a school year that is unprecedented.  We have never had to start a school year with so many unanswered questions.  I have had the privilege of visiting schools across the state and I have witnessed how hard our administrators are working.  You are doing a great job and please do not forget that!

         I had the opportunity to be part of the interview panel for the 2021 Principal of the Year.  After hearing great discussion on what is happening at their schools one comments stands out to me, “Don’t PANIC, we will get through this!”  This principal is correct, we have been through crisis’s before and we will get through this with the support of each other.  We are in this boat together and that is how we will survive the storms ahead!

         The question is where we go from here.  There is no easy answer!  Virtual or hybrid learning has now become the new educational standard.  Face mask vs shield is one of those questions asked most often.  Compass evaluations virtually?  Feeding hundreds of students while social distancing?  How do we provide substitutes for teachers who become ill?  How do we provide the best education possible for our students in person or virtually?  There are no answers to these questions so we will have to struggle on together to accomplish our goals.  We will take care of our students, staff, and faculty to provide them with a safe educational environment.

         I am proud to be your new Executive Director.  I appreciate the faith the Board of Directors has placed in me.  I can tell you these first few months have been stressful.  I would not have been able to be successful without the support of my predecessor, Debra Schum.  I never realized how hard she worked until I had to fill her shoes.  I could not have done it without her constant guidance and support.  She has provided introductions for me across the state.  I have had the opportunity to meet with the governor, the new superintendent, BESE board members, and leaders of the Superintendents, School Boards, and Teacher Associations.  Working together we can accomplish anything!

         I look forward to working with each of you in the future.  We have many challenges ahead, but I have no doubt we can meet them together.


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    LAP Board of Directors News

    LAP Board Member Twainna Calhoun, principal of Good Hope Middle School in Ouachita Parish was selected to serve on the National Association Of Secondary Schools (NASSP) Board of Directors.

    LAP Board Member Lisa Burns, principal of W. T. Lewis Elementary in Bossier Parish, was selected as an NAESP Distinguished Principal finalist.

    LAP Board Member Tommy Byler has been selected as the new Superintendent of Vermilion Parish.


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    LAP Activities

    LAP representative met with the Louisiana Superintendent of Eduation Dr. Cade Brumley and his staff on July 1, 2020.  Many topics were discussed but the focus was getting back to school in August.  Pictured from left to right are Ragan Lorraine - LAP President, Quentina Timoll - LDOC Chief of Staff, Jenna Chaisson - Assistant Supt. of Academics, Joe David - LAP Executive Director, Tommy Byler - LAP President-Elect, Trey Folse - Assistant Supt. of System Relationships, and Dr. Cade Brumley - Louisiana Superintendent of Education.  Dr. Brumley is a former LAP member and served on the LAP Board of Directors in 2008 - 2009.

    Click here to see Dr. Brumley's 100-Day Plan.

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    Clerical Conference

    The 26th Annual Clerical Conference will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Lafayette on December 6-7, 2020. 

    Principals, save the date and make plans for your secretaries to attend this professional conference.  The keynote speaker this year is Candy Whirley.  Candy has been speaking over 30 years and has owned SBG Services, LLC since 2001. 

    Candy graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Western State University with a B.S. Degree in Speech Communications, and Human Relations Emphasis, and has earned her Master’s in Management at the University of Phoenix.

    She is a former Kansas City Chiefs Chiefette, performed at Starlight Theater in Kansas City, and modeled for the Kansas City Star Magazine. With Candy’s entertainment background her keynotes and general sessions are more of an interactive and engaging EXPERIENCE than a presentation.

    2020 Sessions:

    Personality Types - "It Takes 4 to Tango"
    In It Takes 4 To Tango, Candy has two meanings when it comes to her "4″. The first meaning... she will take you through her 4 C’s of Leadership which are the importance of Confidence, Communication, Creativity and Change in the workplace, the second meaning… you will go on a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, even dance…and recognize your true self and others. 

    "Emotional Intelligence - Get Off the Rollercoaster"
    Have you ever had someone know just what buttons to push! We all have…that’s why Candy loves to teach folks how to get their emotions under control. In this interactive keynote, you will laugh and learn about your emotions and how to CALM DOWN without someone saying “Calm Down!” We will analyze your emotions by exploring what aggravates you by knowing exactly what tics you off! Then we will discuss how to manage the obstacles so you can choose your emotions by being proactive NOT reactive. 

    More details will be available at a later date.

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    Calendar of Events

    The 2021 Excellent Educators Awards Week is being held next week:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - August 24, 26, and 28.


    Each night will consist of a celebration of various educators. A few key highlights include: 

    • Monday Highlights-
      • Milken Educator Award winners
      • 2021 Teacher/Principal of the Year Semifinalists
    • Wednesday Highlights-
      • Norman Saurage Award
      • Ed Rising 
      • 2020 Superintendent of the Year
      • 2021 Teacher/Principal of the Year Finalists
    • Friday Highlights- 
      • Master of Ceremonies- John Pastorek, WBRZ TV, Baton Rouge 
      • 2021 Teacher/Principal of the Year Finalists
      • 2021 Principal of the Year Division-level and Overall Winners- Jenny Carey, 2020 SPOY
      • 2021 Teacher of the Year Division-level Winners- Chris Dier, 2020 STOY
      • 2021 Overall State Teacher of the Year announcement 

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    Welcome New Members


    Allen Parish
    Lauri Phillips, Oberlin High School

    Beauregard Parish
    Samuel Smith, DeRidder High School

    Bossier Parish
    Nichole Nuccio, Waller Elementary School

    Caddo Parish
    Tom Thomas, Herndon Magnet School

    Calcasieu Parish
    Brad Durio, S. J. Welsh Middle School
    Aaron Stanley, Bell City High School
    Monica Thibodeaux Guillory, LaGrange High School
    Freddie Lee Harrison III, Lake Charles College Prep
    Lionel Thierry, Lake Charles College Prep
    Chad Theunissen, Ralph Wilson Elementary School

    Cameron Parish
    Mika LeBert, Grand Lake School
    Valerie Murphy, Johnson Bayou High School

    East Baton Rouge Parish
    Frank Rusciano, LSU Laboratory School

    Iberia Parish
    Winifred Colar-Ra'oof, Park Elementary School
    Josette LeBlanc, Daspit Elementary School
    Ashley Lewis, Johnston-Hopkins Elementary
    Thomas Tharp, Delcambre High School

    Iberville Parish
    Emily Martin, Iberville MSA West

    Jefferson Davis Parish
    Kimberly Edwards, Elton Elementary School

    Lafayette Parish
    Emily Claire Richard, Scott Middle School
    Archdioese of Lafayette
    Kyle Bourque, St. Cecilia School
    Martin Cannon, St Thomas More Catholic High School
    Michelle Melancon, St. Genevieve School

    Morehouse Parish
    Chris Broussard, Bastrop High School

    Orleans Parish
    Jerel Bryant, G. W. Carver High School
    Archdiocese of New Orleans
    Eric DesOrmeaux, Holy Cross School
    Kim DiMarco, Immaculate Conception School
    Brian Kitchen, Holy Cross School
    Ronald Kornick, Holy Cross School
    Shanda Theriot, St. Rita School
    Phillip White, Holy Cross School

    Plaquemines Parish
    Willis Root, Belle Chasse Middle School

    Rapides Parish
    Belonda Howard, Alma Redwine Elementary
    Marcia Luxemburg, Glenmora High School

    St. John Parish
    Rajean Butler, Emily C. Watkins Elementary

    St. Landry Parish
    Seneca Joseph, Opelousas Jr. High School

    St. Mary Parish
    Courtney Andrews, Patterson Jr. High School
    Loren Decuir, V. B. Glencoe Charter School
    Lacie Hotard, Morgan City High School

    St. Tammany Parish
    Sheri Jones, Monteleone Jr. High School

    Tangipahoa Parish
    Jennifer Brister, Spring Creek Elementary

    Washington Parish
    Janene Hollen, Franklinton Elementary School
    Bogalusa City School System
    Belinda Jackson, Byrd Avenue Elementary School

    Winn Parish
    Resa Johnson, Winnfield Primary School
    Tiffany Martin, Winnfield Primary School

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