Broadmoor, Ossun, Drexel, Woodvale elementaries welcome new principals

Lafayette Parish

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Four Lafayette Parish schools — Broadmoor Elementary, Ossun Elementary, Katharine Drexel Elementary and Woodvale Elementary — are welcoming new principals, effective July 1, according to the school board.

All four principals have been promoted from asst. principal positions, according to Public Information Officer Allison Dickerson.

“All four of these outstanding leaders have extensive experience and a record of success in both administration and the classroom,” said Superintendent Irma Trosclair. “I’m confident they will be effective leaders for their school communities and will impact students in a positive way!”

Broadmoor Elementary

Mary-Delores Spencer
Mary-Delores Spencer

Mary-Delores Spencer will serve as the new principal of Broadmoor Elementary School, replacing David Zielinski, a recent retiree. Spencer has previously been an assistant principal at J.W. Faulk Elementary School and Evangeline Elementary School for a total of nine years after teaching fourth grade for 15 years. Spencer is a four-time LEF Teacher of the Year Nominee who holds a master of education degree in administration and supervision, as well as a certification in educational leadership.

.

——————-

Ossun Elementary

Lorrie Venable
Lorrie Venable

Lorrie Venable has been named principal of Ossun Elementary School, filling the position previously occupied by Kelli Clause, now retired. Venable has been part of the Ossun Elementary community for the past 25 years, first as a teacher and for the last five years as an assistant principal. She earned a master of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2011.

.

——————-

Katharine Drexel Elementary

Carlie Roszell
Carlie Roszell

Carlie Roszell has been selected as the new principal for Katharine Drexel Elementary School, replacing Denise Soileau, who recently retired. She has been with LPSS for 13 years, serving as a classroom teacher, instructional leader, and assistant principal. Most recently, she has been an assistant principal at Katharine Drexel for the last two years. In 2017, she was recognized as the district’s Elementary Teacher of the year for her work at Ossun Elementary. Roszell obtained her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her master of education in educational leadership from McNeese State University.

——————-

Woodvale Elementary

Gabrielle Mergist
Gabrielle Mergist

Gabrielle Mergist will be the new principal for Woodvale Elementary, following the transfer of her
predecessor Monique Vidos. Mergist has served as assistant principal for Carencro Heights Elementary School for the last three years. Prior to that, she was a school counselor at several LPSS schools, including Woodvale, J.W. Faulk and Paul Breaux Middle School. Mergist originally began her career as a fifth-grade teacher at S.J. Montgomery Elementary School. She holds an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University as well as a master of science degree in school counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local News

More Local

Trending Stories

Sidebar