Spanish Lake Primary’s new principal, other leadership positions announced

Donaldsonville, La. — Ascension Public Schools announces the appointments of Laura Gilbert as Principal of Spanish Lake Primary, Erin Holley as Assistant Principal of Spanish Lake Primary and Loretta Moody as Assistant Principal of Dutchtown Primary.

“We are always happy to celebrate moments when our employees are provided new opportunities for more responsibility.  These three outstanding educators have served well in various roles prior to now, and we are confident that they will be committed to our daily purpose and overall vision as they support and serve others in their new roles,” said Superintendent David Alexander.

Gilbert in front of APSB bannerLaura Gilbert is the new principal of Spanish Lake Primary School. Born and raised in Shreveport, Gilbert’s career began almost 30 years ago at Turner Elementary in Shreveport, where she served as a third grade teacher. After moving to Baton Rouge, Gilbert taught at Parkview Baptist School for two years before moving to Georgia and then to Ascension Parish in 2003.

She began an 11-year career in Ascension Public Schools in 2007 as a kindergarten teacher at Dutchtown Primary and Prairieville Primary. She served as an instructional coach at Lakeside Primary before becoming an assistant principal at G.W. Carver Primary. Most recently, Gilbert served as assistant principal at Spanish Lake Primary School for the last six years.

Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University Shreveport and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

“Thank you for encouraging and having faith in me to lead Spanish Lake Primary in its tenth year. It is certainly a celebratory year for a great school and a great school community, and I am honored and humbled to move us to new heights,” said Gilbert.

Gilbert and her husband of 31 years, Mike, have dedicated their lives to raising their sons. “My family has always encouraged and supported me throughout my career, and I look forward to continuing to serve Spanish Lake Primary in a new leadership role as principal,” she said.

Holley in front of APSB bannerErin Holley is the newly appointed assistant principal of Spanish Lake Primary. She is a product of Ascension Public Schools and is proud to continue her service in the school system. Her teaching career began at G.W. Carver Primary where she taught fourth and fifth grades, and she served as an instructional coach for the past three years.

Holley earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Louisiana State University. She and her husband of 13 years, Daren, have a daughter beginning middle school and a son starting kindergarten this school year. She expressed gratitude for the role models she has had in her career and for the continued support from her family and friends.

“I would like to thank the Board and district leadership for giving me this opportunity. I am excited and thrilled in your trust and faith in me to serve at Spanish Lake. I have been a Bobcat since it opened, and I love the students and the school family. I look forward to continued carrying out the vision of Spanish Lake Primary along with Principal Gilbert,” said Holley.

Moody in front of APSB bannerTaking on the role of assistant principal of Dutchtown Primary, Loretta Moody continues her 26th year of serving students in Ascension Parish. She taught third and fourth grades at Dutchtown Primary, fourth grade at Duplessis Primary and Prairieville Primary, and second grade at Spanish Lake Primary.

Following her time as instructional coach and fifth grade teacher at Spanish Lake Primary, she taught sixth grade at Lowery Middle School in a Teacher Leader cohort for a year. Most recently, Moody served as an instructional coach at Dutchtown Primary.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Nicholls State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

“I have been blessed with many opportunities to learn and grow among leaders, fellow educators and students throughout my career in Ascension Parish. Thank you for having faith in me to lead alongside Ms. Sandra Alfred,” said Moody. “I so appreciate this opportunity to take on such an important position at Dutchtown Primary; I have so much love for this community. This Eagle has landed and is blessed to be in the nest!”

A resident of Prairieville, Moody is married with four children who are all products of Ascension Public Schools. Three have graduated, and her last child has began high school this year.

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