Ascension public schools announce new leadership appointments


BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) On Thursday, Aug. 12, Ascension Public Schools announced the appointments of three positions: two new school leaders and one district leader.

Donaldsonville High School’s new Associate Principal, Julian Surla, started his teaching career at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La. Surla served as an administrator at River Parishes Community College before returning to Ascension to serve in his new role.

Donaldsonville High School’s new Associate Principal, Julian Surla. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish Schools.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, my family, and my colleagues,” said Surla. “I saw an opportunity to step up and serve our students, once again. I am thrilled to be working directly with our freshmen who are transitioning to high school, and I am looking forward to guiding them on the path of success.”

Gonzales Middle School has a new Assistant Principal, Jacie Dunbar. In 2008, Dunbar started teaching at Lake Elementary in St. Amant, La. She switched to Duplessis Primary School in Gonzales, La in 2019 to serve as a TAP Master Teacher.

Jaci Dunbar, the new Assistant Principal of Gonzales Middle School. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish Schools.

“I am blessed to have this opportunity and am honored to lead alongside Principal Charlet as we continue throughout this year to grow our Bulldogs,” said Dunbar.

The new Supervisor of TAP and Teacher Development is Mary Dazé. Hired by Ascension Public Schools in 2008 as a Mentor Teacher at Donaldsonville High, she moved up quickly. By 2011, Dazé became a master teacher for Donaldsonville. Dazé was assistant principal of Galvez High School five years later. During the past four years, Dazé has been the executive master teacher for 12 TAP schools and Teach Ascension Academy.

New Supervisor of TAP and Teacher Development, Mary Dazé. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish Schools.

“I have been fortunate enough to serve under and learn from some extraordinary leaders in our district. I am so grateful to be able to take the qualities they instilled in me moving forward,” said Dazé. “I know that through a collaborative effort of everyone in the district, we can and will close the achievement gap of all students.”

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