A principal recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for her work turning around a low-performing school in Crowley will start working with struggling schools in Lafayette Parish next month as the school system’s first school improvement administrator.

Irma Trosclair was selected for the new position on Friday and will start her work with the school system on Dec. 14, Superintendent Donald Aguillard said in a news release.

Trosclair is principal of South Crowley Elementary.

She was recognized earlier this month in Washington, D.C., with a national school leader award for her role in improving student achievement at the school, which earned a National Blue Ribbon honor for closing the achievement gap among poor and struggling students.

Prior to joining South Crowley Elementary in 2012, Trosclair was principal at Eunice Elementary for 10 years.

Under her leadership, Eunice Elementary also was recognized by as a National Blue Ribbon school in 2010 for consistent high performance scores over a five-year period.

The school also was recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as a high-performing, high-poverty school.

Trosclair also brings her experience as a coach-mentor for the state Education Department working with principals at high-poverty schools.

The Lafayette Parish School Board approved the new position at Aguillard’s request to have a designated employee work directly with low-performing elementary schools to advise principals and make recommendations.

Aguillard has said the administrator will work with three to five schools, depending upon the statewide release of school performance scores in early December.

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