2019-2020 Winter 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

    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


    Ragan Lorraine

    Hello Everyone!

    Our 2019-20 school year is fast approaching the end. State testing is just around the corner, and before long we will be preparing for a new school year. At this time, Louisiana is embarking on hiring a new State Superintendent. This will be a change for the entire state, but LAP will continue to work together with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition. LAP is also transitioning to a new Executive Director as the present Executive Director Mrs. Debra Schum will be retiring. She has served our organization for 7 years and has promised to continue keeping abreast of education reform and legislation in order to be a support system for our organization. We will all truly miss her expertise. Even though we will be experiencing change from several directions, here are a few reasons why embracing change can be a very good habit to adopt.

    • Change helps you grow. ...
    • Change teaches you to be flexible. ...
    • Change can challenge your values and beliefs. ...
    • Change reveals your strengths. ...
    • Change makes you more compassionate. ...
    • Change breaks up routines. ...
    • Change offers opportunities.

    So may all of the changes we will be facing in the near future be the best for our students, teachers, school and state.


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    Calendar of Events

    Save the Dates and Make Plans to Attend!

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    Annual Conference

    Adolph Brown, III
    Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Adolph Brown, III without a doubt, offers the most uniquely inspiring, relevant and entertaining presentations around.  He 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.  He is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings.  Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while as an implicit bias speaker simultaneously reducing unconscious bias at every turn. He is the leading provider of anti-bias training in business and education.  Dr. Brown knows that understanding structural inequities is only the start, however dismantling the foundations from which these structures are built leads to solutions.  He is highly regarded as the "balcony" leadership speaker who gets you from where you are to where you want to be.  Also 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.  His oldest sibling and only brother Oscar was murdered when Adolph was only eleven years old.  Young Adolph often received a respite when he was sent to spend summers with his grandfather in rural farming country, and when he was sent to the library for time-outs in elementary school.  Adolph became the first in his family of five to participate in Head Start, graduate high school, and attend college. 

    Dr. Brown remains humble and grateful for his journey. He is most proud to be the husband of Marla and father of eight uniquely beautiful human beings including a special needs daughter.

    His reputation as "The World's Greatest Edu-tainer!™" is always memorable and has won him fans around the world. 

    For more on Dr. Adolph Brown, go to DocSpeaks.com.

    Registration for this conference will be opening at a later date. Be on the lookout for more details.

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    From The Desk of The Executive Director

    Hi All,

    I hope everyone had a chance to recoup during the Mardi Gras/Presidents Day Holiday and that you are ready to complete your school year on a positive note!

    Since this will be my last message serving as the Executive Director of LAP, I wanted to say that it has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Executive Director for so many outstanding educators. I have been motivated by your dedication, hard work, and extreme care for doing what is best for the students in Louisiana schools. I know the time and energy that it takes to commit to being a leader in schools and also being there for your students, staff, communities and your families! During my 7 years serving as your Executive Director, I have been given many opportunities to meet people from around the state and nation who have the same passion for creating a community of lifelong learners—and it has provided me with memories I will treasure forever! The LAP Board of Directors has your interests at heart and it has been my pleasure to work with them and Jeanine Ford (my administrative assistant) during my tenure as Executive Director.

    While it is always hard to leave a job you love---I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and grandchildren in the upcoming years. I will always be an advocate for school leaders and ensuring that we provide our schools with adequate resources and funding to guarantee all of our students a quality education.

    The LAP Board of Directors has selected Joseph David to serve as the new Executive Director- he is a past president of LAP and I know that LAP will be in very capable hands! We will work together over the next few months to assure a smooth transition. However, I do want you to know that his email is [email protected] and he is eager to get started in his new role!

    Just a few Notes:

    ·        MFP Task Force meeting was held on Feb. 20th and offered a motion that will go to BESE on March 11th to ask for a 2.75% increase in MFP Funding (Approximately 80 million dollars), with half of those dollars being mandated to go to fund teacher raises if the salary is not at the Southeast average. Any additional funding will be added to level 3 to provide salary increases for all employees. The 80 million can also be used to supply raises based on local districts decisions. If BESE approves this resolution it will then go to the Legislature for approval based on the budget that is passed.

    ·        Legislative session starts March 9th—be on the lookout for updates and issues that you may need to call your BESE or Legislative member about (especially the MFP)!

    • We also want to remind you to please mark your calendars for the following Conferences:
    • Annual Principals ConferenceSeptember 20- 22nd—Baton Rouge—L’Auberge Casino Event Center
    • Annual Clerical Conference--- December 7th ----Lafayette--- Doubletree by Hilton
    • Winter Administrators Conference (formerly the Assistant Principals Conference)— (NEW DATE) Feb 1st—Lake Charles—Golden Nugget Casino

    And last but not least---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!

    I wish you many blessings ---I will always have LAP in my heart!

    Thanks for all that you do!

    Debbie Schum


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    2020 Census Student Activities Mailed to Every School Across the Nation

    The U.S. Census Bureau recently mailed 2020 Census Statistics in Schools (SIS) kits to every school in the nation. Mailed to every public, private, and charter school administrator, the kits include information for teachers to get access to free activities and materials to use in classrooms during the 2020 Census.

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    The SIS kits include an administrator booklet which contains a printable flyer for teachers as well as a take-home flyer for students, information on how to access downloadable material on census.gov/schools, and large colorful wall maps for classrooms containing student friendly statistics.  

    SIS is a nationwide initiative designed to engage educators in helping their communities achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Educators across the nation are encouraged to use free census classroom resources and activities to teach students about the importance of the census in determining political representation and how billions of dollars are distributed every year back to local communities based on census counts. 

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    Clerical Conference

    The 25th Clerical Conference was held in Lafayette at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Sunday night, December 8, with a Game Night. Everyone had a great time.

    Keynote speaker, Merlyna Valentine, presented "Mission Possible." Strategies on how to communicate effectively, embrace change, build relationships, and create a culture of excellence.  Mrs. Valentine also presented strategies on how to embrace change and live your best life.

    Merlyna Valentine is an author, national speaker, consultant, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC. She retired from her job as an award-winning principal and educator after over thirty years of dedicated service. 

    She overcame a medical tragedy and thrives in her new life. Instead of focusing on what happened and what’s missing from her new life, she chooses to embrace this very different path with a positive attitude. She accepts no excuses and models this in her daily life.

    Click here to see pictures from the 2019 Clerical Conference.

    The 26th Annual Clerical Conference will be held on Monday, December 7.  Save the date and make plans to send your clerical staff to this professional development.


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    New Principals' Workshop

    The second LAP/LDOE New Principals Workshop was held on Tuesday, December 10, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Lafayette. 

    Merylyna Valentine
    Leadership Matters

    Welcome, New LAP Members!

    Click here for more pictures.

    The 2020-2021 New Principals' Workshop has yet to be determined. Be on the lookout for next year's workshop.  



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    Welcome New Members


    Allen Parish
    Angele Butler, Oberlin High School
    Jade Welch, Fairview High School

    Bossier Parish
    Madora Abney, Apollo Elementary

    Calcasieu Parish
    Anne Reeves, A. M. Barbe High School
    William Sanders, A. M. Barbe High School

    East Baton Rouge Parish
    Shannon Aaron, Victory Academy
    Cheryl Domino, Redemptorist St. Gerard School
    Jimeka Johnson, Mayfair Lab School
    Marinea McGehee, Trinity Lutheran School
    Olga Pack, Melrose Elementary
    Hazel Regis, Kenilworth Science and Technology Middle School

    Iberia Parish
    Monique Sanchez, Acadiana Christian School

    Jefferson Parish
    Nabil Abukhader, Muslim Academy

    Jefferson Davis Parish
    Mark Deshotel, Welsh High School

    Livingston Parish
    John Hill, Albany Middle School

    Ouachita Parish
    Larry Long, Ouachita Parish High School

    Plaquemines Parish
    April Vincent, Belle Chasse Academy

    Pointe Coupee Parish
    Lacey Bueche, STEM Magnet Academy

    Rapides Parish
    Tera LaPrarie, Northwood High School

    St John the Baptist Parish
    Glenn Chenier, STEM Magnet High School
    Brandy Vaughn, Fifth Ward Elementary

     Tangipahoa Parish
    Tara Henderson, Lucille Nesom Memorial School
    Joanna Sampson, Loranger Elementary
    Evelyn Showers, Spring Creek Elementary

    Vernon Parish
    Whitney Mawae, Leesville Jr. High School

    Washington Parish
    Lisa Magee, Thomas Elementary

    West Baton Rouge Parish
    Susan Cryer, Brusly Elementary

    Winn Parish
    Aaron Durbin, Dodson High School


    Tangipahoa Parish
    Chasity Collier, Independence High Magnet


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    Horace Mann

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