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Ascension Public Schools Hires Three New Assistant Principals

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Ascension Public Schools Hires Three New Assistant Principals

Dutchtown High School new Assistant Principal Courtney Mancuso (left) and East Ascension High School new Assistant Principal Allison Brignac. (Pictured below is Donaldsonville Primary School new Assistant Principal Hope Gautreau)
Gonzales, La. – Ascension Public Schools announces the hiring of three new assistant principals: Hope Gautreau at Donaldsonville Primary School, Courtney Mancuso at Dutchtown High School and Allison Brignac at East Ascension High School. Gautreau is replacing Tennille Lange, who will become principal at Donaldsonville Primary in July, and Mancuso and Brignac are filling new assistant principal positions at the two high schools.

"We are honored and delighted to announce the hiring of these key leadership roles at our schools," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "These new administrators bring with them a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience in our school district."

Hope GautreauHope Gautreau will become the new assistant principal of Donaldsonville Primary on July 1, 2017. 

A life-long resident of Ascension Parish, Gautreau has been an educator since 1992. She spent two years as a special education teacher at Gonzales Middle School and 10 years as a special education and general education teacher at Gonzales Primary School. In 2008, she became an SBLC Facilitator at Gonzales Primary and has been serving in that capacity at Oak Grove Primary School for the past two years.
Gautreau earned a bachelor’s degree with dual certification in general elementary education and special education and a master’s degree in special education from Southeastern Louisiana University.  She also completed educational leadership courses with Southeastern Louisiana University and received her certification in 2008.
“I feel extremely blessed to have been chosen for this very important position.  I am grateful to all of the educators I have collaborated with at Gonzales Middle, Gonzales Primary, Oak Grove Primary and district personnel for all I have learned from them throughout my career. I am looking forward to beginning this journey with the Donaldsonville Primary school and community," said Gautreau.

Courtney MancusoCourtney Mancuso will become an assistant principal at Dutchtown High School on July 1, 2017, a new position to provide additional leadership support due to the increasing size of incoming freshman classes. 

A native of Sorrento and current resident of Prairieville, Mancuso began teaching sixth grade world history at Lowery Intermediate/Middle School in 2008. Four years later, she moved to Central Middle School to teach sixth and eighth grade world history and Louisiana history. She has served as an instructional coach at Dutchtown High School since 2015.

Mancuso earned a bachelor's degree in secondary social studies and a master's degree in education from Southeastern Louisiana University.

"Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I am completely overjoyed," said Mancuso. "There are so many people who have been an intricate part of molding me for this position including my former and current administrators. I am so excited to continue to serve the community and parish of Ascension." 

Allison BrignacAllison Brignac will become an assistant principal at East Ascension High School on July 1, 2017, a new position to provide additional leadership support due to the increasing size of incoming freshman classes. 

A native of Bogalusa, Brignac has spent the last 16 years of her 18-year career teaching in Ascension Parish. After two years at Welsh High School in Jefferson Davis Parish, she taught for seven years at St. Amant High School. She served as a teacher for four years and as a mentor teacher at Donaldsonville High School and two years as a mentor teacher at Lowery Middle School. She recently spent two years as a teacher coach at East Ascension High School and is currently the master teacher at Donaldsonville High.

A national board certified teacher, Brignac earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Louisiana Tech University and a master's degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

"Thank you to Superintendent Alexander, Ms. Graves, the directors, the board, and Principal McCorkle for having the confidence in me to do this important job. I have had the opportunity to work for many different amazing leaders and in many different roles throughout my career, and each has helped prepare me for this next chapter," said Brignac. "I am beyond excited to join Mrs. McCorkle and her incredible administrative team to serve the great teachers, staff, students, and parents of East Ascension High School."

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David Alexander

Patricia Russo

Board President

Taft Kleinpeter
Board Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney

Scott Duplechein
Julie Blouin
Kerry Diez
John Murphy
Shawn Sevario
Louis Lambert
Troy Gautreau, Sr.
Lorraine Wimberly
ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The Ascension Public Schools system is the largest employer in the parish with over 2,800 employees that support 22,000 students in 27 schools.  An A-rated school district since 2011-12, school performance has grown by 69% over the past four years and currently ranks fourth in Louisiana.
  • G.W. Carver Primary won the prestigious 2017 National TAP Founder's Award
  • Dutchtown Middle student Aubrey Green is a finalist for the 2017 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year and Dutchtown's Hiba Hasan was the 2016 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
  • St. Amant High Principal Mia Edwards is a semifinalist for 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year
  • Ascension Public Schools earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ascension is one of only two school districts in Louisiana to achieve this honor.
  • Ascension Public Schools won a Gold Medallion Award from the National School Public Relations Association, the only recipient from Louisiana to receive this top honor in recent history