2019 Louisiana Principal of theYear
Dr. ERIC DAVIS, WOSSMAN HIGH SCHOOL
CITY OF MONROE SCHOOL DISTRICT
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.
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.