NAPOLEONVILLE, La (BRPROUD) — A Louisiana principal has been named a semifinalist for the state’s top principal of the year.

Kathi Aucoin, principal of Napoleonville Middle School, is one of 24 principals across the state, and one of 8 middle school principals, who will be honored at the 16th Annual Excellent Educators Awards Gala in New Orleans. The state will recognize the top principals at the three school levels, elementary, middle, and high school, and an overall top winner.

“To be recognized among the state’s top principals is quite an honor for Ms. Aucoin and her school. The recognition speaks to her vision for the school, her ability to lead her team in that vision, and her ability to positively impact learning in the classroom,” Assumption Parish School Superintendent John Barthelemy said.

Aucoin has over 21 years of experience as an educator in the Assumption Parish School System.

“This school system is an integral part of who I am. I always knew working here is what I wanted to do. My mother and some of my aunts taught in the district, and my uncle served as superintendent. I knew this is where I wanted to make a positive difference,” Aucoin said.

The gala will be held on June 30.