Left to right, Kent Reed, Clarice Papillion, Brad Soileau, Mike Doucet and Paul Hopkins
Brad Soileau, Oakdale High Principal, has been selected by the Louisiana Department of Education as one of only 24 candidates for the 2020 Teacher (Principal) of the Year. That is an incredible achievement and we salute you! On behalf of the Board of Directors of Dream Teachers, Brad was presented with this congratulatory gift to honor his accomplishment. This is the first of more recognition to come. Brad has been invited by the Dream Teachers and the First Lady of Louisiana to attend a reception at the Governor’s Mansion on May 23rd where the finalists will be announced. Then, on July 19th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, he will be honored at the 13th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards. This event is known as the “Oscars of Louisiana Educators”! Dream Teachers, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by recognizing and rewarding outstanding educators in the state.
Kent Reed selected as the new Superintendent of the Allen Parish School District
Kent, 56, who is currently the supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance and transportation and personnel, was unanimously elected Monday. He will replace Michael Doucet who will step down as superintendent in June after serving 20 years as superintendent and 38 years in education.
“I feel like I have been going to school all my life,” Reed joked after the meeting.
Left to right, daughter in-law Karli, son Justin, wife Alison, Kent Reed, son Wesley, daughter Catherine and her fiancé Drewe
He was one of two applicants for the position. The other applicant was former Oberlin High School principal Larry Alexander, who currently works as a career and technical education director for the Lafayette Parish School System.
Mr. Reed has more than 23 years with the Allen Parish School system, including seven years with the School Board. He was a high school English teacher and coach for nine years; an assistant principal for eight years and high school principal for 10 years. He has also served as a career and technology supervisor.
Mr. Reed said he appreciated the School Board’s support and is looking forward to working with each of the board members and moving the district forward.
“I am very humble and honored to be named superintendent,” he said. “ I want to make sure we can continue the great work we have done in the past. We have an excellent school system and I want that to continue.”
Among his biggest projects, Mr. Reed said he wants to see the rebuilding of the new Oakdale Elementary School finished and renovations begin at Kinder Elementary and High School. He also looks forward to working to recruit and hire good teachers for the next school year.
School Board President Cathy Farris said she was impressed with both applicants and is looking forward to a smooth change in leadership.
“I am hoping the transition will be smooth and there won’t be many bumps,” she said. “He has been here long enough and working under good leadership for at least 20 years. Good leadership is learned, not taught and I think he has learned a lot from Mr. Doucet.”
Doucet said Mr. Reed is an excellent choice and has worked along side him for a long time.
“I know he will do a good job,” Doucet said.
Student’s of the year for Allen Parish were recognized at the March School Board meeting.
Left to right, Michael Doucet – Allen Parish Superintendent, 5th Grade Laynee Morrow – (Fairview High School), 12th Grade Melody Melder – (Elizabeth High School) and 8th Grade Abigail Serna – (Oakdale Middle School).
In the backgorund is Carolyn Manuel, school board member.
Congratulations to the winners!
A huge thank you goes to all the school selection committees. The students that were selected as the school winners were excellent candidates. The quality of the portfolios, as well as the courage, poise, and communicative talent exhibited by the students in their interviews, made the job of the parish selection committee very difficult.
Each school’s Student of the Year are listed below.
The Fifth Grade representatives are:
Elizabeth High - Draven William Gauge Upshaw
Fairview High - Laynee Claire Morrow
Kinder Middle - Jolie Rose Bertrand
Oakdale Middle - Alyssa Brooke Cloud
Oberlin Elementary - Tristan Michael Reed
Reeves High - Lauren Meredith Lenhart
The Eighth Grade representatives are:
Elizabeth High - Ali Claire Christ
Fairview High – Claire Elise Landry
Kinder Middle - Hadley Ann Lemons
Oakdale Middle - Abigail Victoria Leigh Serna
Oberlin High - Erin Nicole Manuel
Reeves High School - Kyndal Lyn Gill
The Twelfth Grade representatives are:
Elizabeth High - Melody Danielle Melder
Fairview High - Abbigail Elizabeth Noblitt
Kinder High - Kaytlin Conner Davis
Oakdale High - Bruce Kade Micelle
Oberlin High - Timothy James Meaux
Reeves High - Kyle Hayden Perkins
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