2019 Louisiana Principal of theYear




Dr. Davis is a 20-year educator who has served in both the Monroe City and Ouachita Parish School systems as a teacher, coach, and administrator. In January 2015 he received a Doctorate of Education from Walden University in Administration Leadership for Teacher Learning.

He is a man that deeply loves what he does to influence the lives of young people every day, both in the classroom and as the Pastor of Empire Family Worship Center in Monroe, LA. Dr. Davis encourages students to take charge of their lives in order to fulfill their God-given purpose.

My passion for children and education runs deep in my belief system that affords young people the opportunity to truly understand that there is a bright future ahead of them. I believe it is my obligation to provide pathways for them to recognize their possibilities.

As the 2019 Louisiana State Principal of the Year I hope to empower other administrators to develop their own pathways to student progress. We must be in a position to inspire the next generation of professionals to utilize their special gifts to make a difference in student lives.

Education is more than just students, teachers, and books. It is an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. It is up to us as educators to build relationships with students that allow for the exchange of information to flow freely. Only then will we witness the power of educational learning that will lead to academic success.
— Dr. Eric Davis


  • Brad Soileau, Allen Parish, FINALIST

  • Carli Francois, Ascension Parish, FINALIST

  • Nancy Rousseau, Assumption Parish

  • Steven Schulz, Beauregard Parish, FINALIST

  • Lisa Burns, Bossier Parish, FINALIST

  • Michael Ilgenfritz, Caddo Paish

  • Dr. Christella Dawson, City of Monroe School District, FINALIST

  • Catasha Edwards, East Baton Rouge Parish

  • Wilbert Gilbeaux, Jefferson Davis Parish

  • Terrah Everette-Harrison, Jefferson Parish

  • Jeffrey Debetaz, Lafayette Parish

  • Rusty Farrar, Lincoln Parish

  • Greg Hayden, Livingston Parish, FINALIST

  • Charles Wright, Ouachita Parish, FINALIST

  • Becky Pippen, Rapides Parish

  • Jennifer Dennis Carey, KIPP New Orleans, FINALIST

  • Tene’ Leach, Sabine Parish

  • Tamika Green, St. Charles Parish, FINALIST

  • Tiffany Francis, St. Martin Parish

  • Christopher Oufnac, St. Tammany Parish

  • Ronald J. Foret, Terrebonne Parish

  • Anthony Cain, Union Parish

  • Jessica Major, West Baton Rouge Parlish

  • Penny Hale, West Carroll Parish

The Principal of the Year Process

The process for selecting a Louisiana Principal of the Year begins at the local level. Each school within every public or public charter school district is eligible to select a Principal of the Year subject to their own selection criteria. Those individual local school nominations are sent to the District level for further review and consideration.

Each District Superintendent or public charter school District may select three outstanding teachers to forward to the State Department of Education for competition at the state level. Of the three District nominations, there will be one elementary, one middle school, and one high school principal selected.

The Louisiana Department of Education continues a review and evaluation of all District candidates submitted. To learn more about the Principal of the Year selection process, contact LDOE at louisianabelieves.com/teaching/award-programs. Questions regarding the selection process or on-line applications should be directed to the department.

The 2020 Louisiana Principal of the Year will be announced at the 2019 Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala to be held on July 19, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.  This event is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Louisiana’s outstanding principals, and is jointly sponsored by Dream Teachers, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Louisiana Association of Principals.