2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year


thomas byler, north vermilion high School

As a coach, it is common practice to take ideas from anywhere you can find them. I have attended hundreds of lectures at clinics and have spent many an evening sitting around a table in the lobby of a hotel "just talking ball." As I transitioned into administration I often wondered, "Why don't administrators 'talk ball,' or in this case, 'school?'"

I have made it my personal pledge as LA Principal of the Year to reach out and talk to as many principals and visit as many schools as I can.  Principals need to network to learn from others and to share the rich experiences of managing our schools. 

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Seek out new ideas and share your experience with others. Networking is POWERFUL.
— Tommy Byler

2019 Semi-Finalists

  • Melanie Chapman, Allen Parish
  • Lori Charlet, Ascension Parish
  • Donnie Love, Beauregard Parish
  • Jessie Scott, Caddo  Parish
  • Holly Castile, Cameron Parish
  • Eric Davis, City of Monroe School District
  • Victoria McMullen, East Feliciana Parish
  • Ava Lee, FirstLine Schools, Inc.
  • Amanda Morrison, Grant Parish
  • Adeline Loupe, Iberville Parish
  • Christina Fontenot, Jefferson Davis Parish
  • Darlene Turnbull, Jefferson Parish
  • Kara Masling, LaSalle Parish
  • Pam Pruden, Lincoln Parish
  • Lisa Vige, Ouachita Parish
  • Jemi Carlone, Plaquemines Parish
  • Kim Canezaro, Pointe Coupee Parish
  • Michael Kennedy, St. James Parish
  • Ramica Robinson, St. Landry Parish
  • Wanda Phillips, St. Martin  Parish
  • Jeanine Barnes, St. Tammany Parish
  • Rhonda Vaccaro, Tangipahoa Parish
  • Casannah Moses, Terrebonne Parish
  • Johnny Bosley, Vernon 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 2019 Louisiana Principal of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala to be held on July 27, 2018 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.