2020 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

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

Web Site:

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

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Horace Mann/LAP Aspiring Principal Scholarship Winner

Kelley Moore

2019-2020 Horace Mann/LAP Aspiring Principal Scholarship Winner

Ms. Kelley L. Moore, a social studies teacher at New Iberia High School in Iberia Parish, has been awarded the 2019-2020 Horace Mann/Louisiana Association of Principals $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 Membership.

Kelley earned her teaching certification in Secondary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2012.  She served as a teacher intern in Social Studies at Anderson Middle School in Iberia Parish that same year and in 2013 was hired to teach 10th and 11th grade Social Studies and English at New Iberia Senior High School.  Kelley is currently working on her Master's of Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University - Shreveport.  She is on track to complete her Master's in August of this year.

Ms. Moore believes that successful school leaders are committed to individual growth while maintaining school culture and vision.  Successful leaders are visionaries with a sense of calling and are well-versed in content knowledge and skills.  School leaders develop learning experiences of their staff and students constantly monitoring progress through data-driven results.  A successful school leader requires a realistic vision of the future of schools by embracing curriculum, technology and opportunities through active professional learning communities that promote staff development and determining long-term goals to implement change.  Ms. Moore also believes that successful school leaders create effective communication to all stakeholders in a school community by building trust and commitment of those involved, encouraging engagement and accountability and ultimately responsibility of results.

Kelley is very involved in her school and community through New Iberia Senior High School Student Government and cheerleading.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and Sigma, Sigma, Sigma Sorority Alumni Chapter.  Her principal, Curt Landry, states "Kelley Moore is an excellent teacher, well-versed in her content area. She is an excellent volunteer serving as class sponsor, cheerleading coach and currently as our student government sponsor. Her leadership roles within the school and instructional abilities will make her a great principal. . ."

Horace Mann Companies and the Louisiana Association of Principals is proud to award Kelley Moore the 2019-2020 Aspiring Principal Scholarship!

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President's Message

Ragan Lorraine

I am praying that you, your family and school family are all safe and healthy. In this time of uncertainty in our school systems, please be assured that the LAP Board Members are here to help you and answer any questions you may have at this time. Louisiana schools have seen a school year with no state testing. It is important for everyone to stay abreast of what is happening in our state. Louisiana is still interviewing for a State Superintendent, and it is best to voice your opinion to your BESE members on the importance of this person having education experience.

Please visit the LAP website for updates on our upcoming professional development that will be offered for Principals, Assistant Principal and Clerical Staff.

Mark your calendar for the conferences. Be sure to encourage fellow principals to take advantage of the professional development. It is very important that we continue to increase our membership in order to sustain the important work being done by this organization. The membership carries substantial weight when the Executive Director meets with BESE and Government officials in order to make education the forefront of all decisions that affect our school systems.

Thank you again for all that you do every day to make sure Louisiana children get the best education.

Stay Safe, Healthy and Stay Home!




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LAP Members: Call to Action


LSBA UPDATE - 2020 State Superintendent Search/Selection

BESE has provided the citizens of Louisiana with a wide array of information on each candidate and it is imperative that we ask BESE Members to choose the most qualified candidate. Let your voice be heard!

Action Items:

Find out who your BESE Member is

Read the LSBA Letter that was sent to BESE Members

On April 14, 2020 the LSBA urged BESE to focus on qualifications in the selection of the next State Superintendent of Education. Read the letter here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/671510/2020_BESE_LETTER_STATE_SUPERINTENDENT_14April.pdf

Review the attached LSBA Qualifications Summary of Each Candidate

Attached you will find a brief Informational Summary of each Candidate’s Qualifications that was compiled from the resumes submitted to BESE.

Choose the candidate(s) that you are interested in learning more about

Select from the list of candidate(s) below to view the corresponding resume, cover letter or video interview. Each video is approximately 100 minutes long. The format is the same for each candidate. The questions that were asked can be found here: Questions 

Jessica Baghian     video interview  |  resume and cover letter  

Cade Brumley    video interview  |  resume and cover letter

Lonnie Luce    video interview  |  resume and cover letter

Heather Poole    video interview  |  resume and cover letter

Joe Siedlecki    video interview  |  resume and cover letter

Paul Vallas    video interview  |  resume and cover letter

Share your thoughts with BESE

  1. Segmented reporting according to participant BESE Districts so BESES members can review comments from their constituencies; and
  2. Comprehensive reporting that reflects the responses statewide


ISSUE #2: NAESP Advocacy AlertSupport Funding for Schools During Coronavirus Crisis

We’re making a big push to ask Congress to provide strong federal funding to support schools with coronavirus response. $3 billion will be flowing to governors’ offices in the coming days, and an additional $13 billion will be going to districts in May from legislation passed at the end of March (more information below), but we know more funding will be needed.

We’re asking Congress to provide $175 billion for K-12 stabilization grants that would provide additional funding for districts and schools to confront all of the coming challenges (staffing needs, distance learning costs, and funding to help backfill expected holes in district budgets because of the downturn in the economy, etc). After the 2009 financial crisis, Congress provided around $50 billion for these same funds, but we anticipate the double whammy of a slowing economy and school closures to result in schools needing much more support.

Please make your voice heard and tell Congress to step up and ensure our nation’s public schools have the necessary resources to support their students during this time of crisis. 

The link to the campaign:  https://p2a.co/DcYOkN6

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1. All NAESP Coronavirus/COVID-19 resources are available complimentary for any school administrator, regardless of NAESP membership.

Many of these resources were curated by the NAESP National Coronavirus Taskforce. The goal of this diverse group of school leaders, representing all NAESP zones, has been to advise NAESP on the state of affairs in school communities, reveal schools’ common challenges and solutions, and support a peer-to-peer network of support for school leaders. These Taskforce members have assisted the NAESP staff in creating and providing resources and supports for NAESP members and the nation’s school leaders, as well as to inform NAESP’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. We continue to hold weekly virtual meetings to discuss the status of recommended projects and activities as Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues evolve on a daily basis. Multiple resources are being added and/or updated weekly.  

All LAP members are encouraged to take advantage of these complimentary resources.

2. Teacher Appreciation Giveback Program

Payment relief and coverage enhancements during COVID-19, Horace Mann is:

  • Providing all auto customers a 15% credit on two months of auto premiums.*
  • Providing a grace period on auto, property, supplemental and life insurance policies for those unable to make payments, through June.
  • Extending their personal auto coverage to cover those collecting a fee to deliver food, medicine and other essential goods.
  • Continuing to provide free Identity Fraud Advocacy Services through their Educator Advantage Program for home, condo and renter educator customers.

Enhanced support for educators, employees and communities

  • Horace Mann has donated $100,000 to support the DonorsChoose “Keep Kids Learning"
  • Providing a free, online teaching resource hub.
  • Offering financial support to the community where they’re headquartered, including contributions to the United Way of Central Illinois.
  • More than 95% of their employees are working remotely to help stay safe – and they’re doing it without reducing service levels.

Visit Horace Mann online for more details on their Teacher Appreciation Giveback Program.

3. Wednesday Webinar Series

To help keep you and your staff connected, Horace Mann is offering a “Wednesday Webinar” series of no-cost virtual workshops over the next several weeks on topics important to educators. Topics will include student loan forgiveness, DonorsChoose funding, retirement planning and more.

Plus, teachers who join a webinar will learn how to enter Horace Mann’s $10,000 DonorsChoose sweepstakes!


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Calendar of Events

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Welcome New Members


Calcasieu Parish
Michelle Joubert, Early Childhood Education

Jefferson Parish
Keisha Rogers, Athlos Academy of Jefferson

Tangipahoa Parish
Roslyn Varnado, Chesbrough Elementary

Terrebonne Parish
Sharri McGuire, Legion Park Elementary


Jefferson Parish
Danielle Yunusah, Riverdale High School

Livingston Parish
Kristine Rountree, Holden High School

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