National award-winning former principal picked for Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Edu.

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Ascension Public Schools has appointed a nationally recognized former principal as its new Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Education

 Latatia Johnson, wife and mother of two, most recently served as principal of G.W. Carver Primary, the 2017 recipient of the TAP Founder's Award, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching's (NIET) top honor. Johnson travelled to Washington, D.C. with NIET to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and congressional members to discuss the importance of educator effectiveness. 

She was joined by NIET CEO Gary Stark, Somerset ISD (Texas) Superintendent Saul Hinojosa and DeSoto Parish School System Superintendent Cade Brumley. Johnson shared her success at G.W. Carver Primary in growing student achievement through NIET's TAP program.

"Latatia is unquestionably a rising star in the world of education. Her knowledge, dedication and leadership has garnered national attention, and we are thrilled for her to step into this district position," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.

Her career, which spans 18 years, began in Assumption Parish in 2002 when Johnson moved to Ascension as an English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Lake Elementary. She became an SBLC facilitator at Lowery Elementary in 2006 and assistant principal of G.W. Carver Primary in 2007 eventually becoming principal in 2011.

"I have had an amazing 10-year journey as an administrator at G.W. Carver Primary. My experience as principal coupled with collaborating with other district leaders allowed me to have a greater influence at my school," said Johnson. "I am excited about working with my colleagues across the district to ensure every student in Ascension is successful in an ever-changing world."

Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in speech and communicative disorders and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a reading specialist add-on from Nicholls State University. She holds a Plus 30 certificate in educational leadership and is working on a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Southeastern Louisiana University.

For more information about NIET and the TAP Founder's Award, visit www.niet.org. For more information about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org


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