2019 Spring Newsletter Print

    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

    P. O. Box 488 LaPlace, - LA 70069
    Phone: (504) 909-4650

    Web Site:

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


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    2018-2019 Horace Mann/LAP Aspiring Principal Scholarship Winner

    Mrs. Jazlyn Thibodeaux, an English teacher at Church Point High School in Acadia Parish, has been awarded the 2018-2019 Horace Mann/LAP $1,000 Aspiring Principal Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is presented every year to a teacher, counselor, or curriculum coordinator who has an interest in becoming a principal or is currently working toward their principal certification. Applications are taken from all across Louisiana, and the applicant’s principal must be a member of The Louisiana Association of Principals in order to be considered for the scholarship.  The scholarship can be used to defray expenses for college tuition, continued professional growth, registration fees to state or national conferences, or textbook expenses.  The recipient also receives a one-year LAP Aspiring Principal Membership.

    Jazlyn graduated from McNeese State University in 2013-Magna Cum Laude-with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education and in 2017 with a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. She began her teaching career in 2013 at Church Point High School. Her entire 6 years of educational service has been at Church Point.

    Mrs. Thibodeaux has served on numerous professional committees and task forces over the years. She has served as the Professional Development Facilitator at Church Point High and on the Acadia Parish Teacher Advisor Committee.  Her classes have a 97% pass rate on the End-of-Course Testing.  In 2018, she was named Church Point High School Teacher of the Year.

    Jazlyn believes that a good leader needs to be a lifelong learner, always striving to grow intellectually and professionally and encouraging the staff to do the same.  She believes that having great interpersonal skills are extremely important to a principal.  Being stern and fair are both essential traits of a great leader; however, being kind and caring along with stern and fair, turns a good leader into a great leader. A great leader always remains positive, approaching teachers in a positive way, and leading teachers to change in a positive way, will ensure continued growth in a healthy environment.  Interpersonal skills are also imperative when dealing with stakeholders.  There are ways to escalate and deescalate situations based on tone.  A good leader needs to use their tone and words in such a way that stakeholders feel heard and respected even if they don’t get their way. 

    Mrs. Thibodeaux is very involved in community service. She has served on the Church Point Community Development Corp. Board, Acadia-St. Landry Hospital Focus Group Coordinator, volunteer campaign worker for several politicians, and volunteer at Games of Acadiana–Miles Perret Cancer Services to name just a few.  She is a member of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) and serves as an officer in A+PEL for Acadia Parish. Her principal, Lee Bellard, says “As a member of this community, her students know her and they can see themselves achieving equal success. She makes a difference in their lives every day and is an ideal to which they can aspire.”

    LAP is proud to recognize Mrs. Jazlyn Thibodeaux as the 2018-2019 Aspiring Principal Scholarship Winner!

    Apply by April 25
    Click for more information and to apply.


    The National Aspiring Principals Academy is a joint partnership between AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP). This highly engaging year-long professional learning experience will directly bolster the effectiveness and preparation of all aspiring school principals across the nation. The academy follows a cohort model designed to support aspiring principals in acquiring the essential knowledge, skills and practices needed to advance to the next leadership level.

    This standards-based professional learning opportunity will provide an insightful blend of theory and practice through in-person sessions and a virtual platform by highly skilled, nationally recognized educational leaders and mentors. Participants will implement learned strategies to address a problem of practice resulting in a culminating Capstone Project capturing their work. In collaboration with local jurisdictions, participants may be able to use this experience as part of their executive internship for administrative certification.


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    2019 Annual Conference

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    President's Message

    As we begin the testing season, I think back of all the hard work that has been put into the preparation for it.  So many hours of PLC’s, RTI, and PD to be ready for this moment.  I thank our administrators across the state who have put in endless hours to make their schools successful.  I appreciate your hard work and diligence in giving every child a wonderful education.

    The Louisiana Association of Principals have given us many opportunities to grow our schools.  Our Principals’ Conference, AP Conference, Clerical Conference, New Principals’ Workshop, and representation at the National Advocacy Conference have provided all administrators opportunities to leave about the most up to date professional development available across our great country.

    Now we look forward to a productive summer and planning for our 2019 Conference Schedule.  I am excited to have Todd Whitaker speaking at the September Principal’s Conference.  His motivational books on supporting great teachers are an asset to any administrator.  I look forward to hearing him speak to get us fired up for the new school year.

    LAP wouldn’t be the wonderful organization it is without the support of Debra Schum and Jeanine Ford.  These two people work tirelessly to support students, teachers, and administrators throughout the state.  I am especially proud to be part of the Louisiana Public School Coalition.  Together the teachers, principals, superintendents, school boards, and retired teachers’ organizations have worked to sponsor Town Hall Meetings across Louisiana to support higher achieving students.  It was a pleasure to be part of this process.

    Thanks again to our principals around Louisiana who put their students first every day.  We will continue to work together to make education a priority in our state again.

    Joe David
    J.I. Watson Elementary
    337-217-4670 ext. 2853

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    From The Desk of The Executive Director


    Hi all,

    I hope that many of you are taking the chance to rest and relax during Spring Break and get ready for the final months of the school year!  I know that many of you are in the midst of testing and we wish you all the best during this “testing season”!

    The 2019 Legislative Session began this week (April 8th) and LAP will be hosting our legislative committee meeting on April 24th to discuss all of the legislation that will affect site based administrators. The committee members are:   Jemi Carlone, Joseph David, Karen Triche, Dedra Bailey, Diane Smith, Hennessy Melancon, Ken Friedlander, Martin Guillory, Ragan Lorraine, and Tommy Byler. We will have legislative updates on our website and we encourage you to check out the information on upcoming bills and legislation that will affect schools and their leaders.

    LAP has joined with LSBA (Louisiana School Board Association), LASS (Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, LAE (Louisiana Association of Educators), LFT (Louisiana Federation of Teachers) and LRTA (Louisiana Retired Teachers Association) to create the Louisiana Public Schools Coalition.  We have held community forums around the state to meet with legislators to discuss educator pay raises, teacher retention and recruitment and increased funding for our schools.  We have already heard that the legislators are sending the formula back to BESE based on the reduced amount of surplus that the Revenue Estimating Commission approved on April 10, 2019.  Please take a few minutes to contact your legislators TODAY! We have established an action alert site – click on this link www.actionnetwork.org/letters/educatorraise2019  to contact your individual legislators about funding the MFP formula that was approved by BESE which includes the $1000 pay raise for teachers, a $500 pay raise for support personnel and a 1.375% increase to the MFP for districts to use where needed (classroom resources, insurance, etc). 

    Other Items of Interest:

    • BESE Meeting—April 16th & 17th (MFP Formula may be sent back to BESE from Legislature)
    • Accountability Commission Meeting—May 13th 1pm


    We would like to commend the following LAP Board members—Kristie Beasley, Martin Guillory, Jane Griffin and Joe David  who  attended the National Leaders Conference and the NASSP Advocacy Conference in March in Washington DC.  They had the opportunity to speak with our US Senators and Representatives to share our concerns on several key issues affecting principals---primarily funding, vouchers and evaluations.  Please take some time to visit the NASSP or NAESP website to find information on current issues in Congress that will affect principals, our schools and our students!

    We also want to remind you to check out the information in this newsletter on the great professional development opportunities at the NASSP Conference in Boston and the NAESP Conference in Spokane this summer.  Also, please check out the information in the newsletter on our Fall Annual Principals Conference---we are excited to have Todd Whitaker as our keynote speaker this year! We have moved the date to a later week in September (22-24th) as a result of our survey last year—we hope everyone will save the date for the following conferences

    We would like to remind you to save the following dates:

    September 22-24th           Annual Principals Conference—Baton Rouge

    November 4th, 2019        Annual Assistant Principals Conference--- Lake Charles

    December 9th, 2019        Annual Clerical Conference—Lafayette

    December 10th, 2019       New Principals Workshop-- Lafayette

    WE need YOU--we must speak up for what is best for our students, staff and schools and we need to do a better job of making sure that our legislators and communities hear our voices. Please encourage your co-workers to become members of LAP---the more members we have the more our voice is heard!  We are the only organization that is affiliated with the national principal’s organizations (NAESP and NASSP) and we advocate for principals/site based administrators at the national level also!

    Thanks for all that you do! Please feel free to contact me at debra.schum@laprincipals.org if you have any questions or concerns!

    Debbie Schum


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    NAESP National Leaders and NASSP Advocacy Conference

    LAP Board members—Martin Guillory, Kristie Beasley, Jane Griffin and Joe David--along with Executive Director Debbie Schum, attended the National Leaders Conference and the NASSP Advocacy Conference in March in Washington DC.  They had the opportunity to speak with our US Senators and Representatives to share our concerns on several key issues affecting principals---primarily funding, vouchers and evaluations.

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    LAP dues will increase by $25 for the Individual and Institutional membership levels.  Dues have not increased since 2009. This increase will not affect aspiring, associate, or retired membership.

    (Effective for 2019-2020)

    LAP Individual: $175
    LAP Institutional:  $200

    LAP Associate:  $60
    LAP Aspiring:    $60

    LAP Retired:    $15
    LAP Lifetime Retired:  $150*
    *One-time fee

    Family Engagement Lab Hosts Webinar on Engaging Families in Tier 1 ELA Curricula

    This school year, Family Engagement Lab partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to pilot a family engagement tool, FASTalk, aligned with the ELA Guidebooks. FASTalk sends parents literacy activities, through text messages, that they can do at home with their child. The texts are sent in the parent’s native language, and are aligned with activities happening in the classroom that week. 

    In a recent survey of teachers and families who participated in the pilot:

    ·  100 percent of families and 85 percent of teachers said that they want to use FASTalk again next year.

    ·  Nearly all parents and teachers reported that FASTalk is positively impacting student learning.

    ·  All teachers said using FASTalk took little to no effort.

    Family Engagement Lab will host a webinar on May 7 featuring principals who piloted the tool this year, to share details on FASTalk’s impact in Louisiana classrooms, and plans for expanding the tool to additional Tier 1 ELA curricula next year. All are invited to join the call to find out more information about this exciting tool.

    Please confirm your webinar attendance by visiting: https://forms.gle/ScHtvh1xMqCevcV28 

    Webinar Date: May 7 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/616816958
    Webinar Phone Number: (669) 900-6833
    Meeting ID: 616 816 958

    Email Vidya Sundaram at vidya@fastalk.org for more information.

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    Welcome New Members



    Jefferson Parish
    Terrah Averette-Harrison, Bonella A. St. Ville Elem.

    Livingston Parish
    Gail DeLee, Denham Springs Elementary

    Monroe City Schools
    Cleveland Mouton III, Barkdull Faulk Elementary


    Baker Community Schools
    Roy Walker, Baker Middle School

    Cameron Parish
    Paulette Campbell, Hackberry High School

     East Baton Rouge Parish
    Lontarris Williams, LaSalle Elementary

    Jefferson Parish
    Brandon House, Young Audiences Charter School
    Tiffany Vega-Dermody, L. H. Marrero Middle

    Rapides Parish
    Brussell Rosenthal, Alexandria Middle Magnet
    Camille Shelfo, Alexandria Middle Magnet

    Sabine Parish
    Tene’ Leach, Many Elementary

    Webster Parish
    Tia Damond, Minden High School

     West Baton Rouge Parish
    Elizabeth Sarradet, Chamberlin Elementary

    West Feliciana Parish
    Jacquelyn Bristow, Bains Lower Elementary


    Livingston Parish
    Kimberly Albin, Literacy & Technology Center

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    Calendar of Events

    Louisiana Association of Principals
    2019 Conference Schedule


     July 10-12, 2019
    2019 NAESP Pre-K – 8 Principals Conference
    Spokane, Washington

     July 18-20, 2019
    2019 NASSP National Principals Conference
    Boston, Massachusetts

    September 22-24, 2019
    LAP's 68th Annual Conference
    L’auberge Casino Hotel
    Baton Rouge, LA

     November 4, 2019
    LAP’s 36th Assistant Principals Conference
    Golden Nugget
    Lake Charles, LA

     December 9, 2019
    LAP's 25th Clerical Conference
    Double Tree by Hilton
    Lafayette, LA

    December 10, 2019
    LAP's New Principals Workshop
    Lafayette, LA


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    Horace Mann

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