Local middle school principal wins prestigious honor

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) Ascension Parish Schools announced that Lake Elementary Principal, Dr. Jeremy Muse, was named the 2022 Louisiana Middle School Principal of the Year for his division on Thursday.

Ascension Parish Schools announced that Lake Elementary’s Principal, Dr. Jeremy Muse, was named the 2022 Louisiana Middle School Principal of the Year for his division on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish Schools.

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes Dr. Muse’s leadership qualities and his commitment to student success.

Muse is from Walker, La and started on an interesting path when he began his 21 years of serving in education. Muse attended college at what is now University of Louisiana at Monroe and received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Government.

After college, Muse thought of the idea of being in the education field. He took and passed the PRAXIS examination while working at a car rental company in Monroe.

He went to Eastside Elementary School and overheard of their need for a sixth grade social studies teacher. He was hired immediately.

Muse taught there for three years. He attended graduate school at Louisiana State University and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership. In 2017, Muse earned his doctorate in educational leadership from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was hired as the principal of Lake Elementary.

In the latest release of Louisiana’s School Performance Scores, Lake Elementary earned an “A” grade, as well as “Top Gains” honors. This honor means Lake Elementary demonstrated major student progress ensuring students met or exceeded their learning goals.

One of Muse’s greatest accomplishments was Lake Elementary being named a model school by Solution Tree. The elementary school is one of only three schools in the state to earn this designation.

The accomplishment allows for collaboration with other schools.

Muse feels part of his job is improving the pipeline of educators and future leaders. Muse created an annual preference form for teachers. They have the ability to share not only the areas they would like to teach, but also their desires for any administrative growth opportunities.

See who else won 2022 Teacher/Principal of the Year overall and in districts across Louisiana by clicking here.

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