GONZALES — Paisley Morgan, the new principal of St. Amant Primary School, always loved school.
The excellent teachers she had growing up became the role models for her future career as an educator, she said.
“I wanted to make my kids feel the way my teachers made me feel,” Morgan, 33, said.
A native of St. Amant with a degree in elementary education from LSU and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern University, Morgan began her teaching career at Lake Elementary.
She taught there for a little more than four years, before going to work as an instructional coach for the teaching staff at Galvez Primary.
“It was an exciting opportunity,” said Morgan, who helped support the teachers at Galvez Primary for three years before next going to East Ascension High as an instructional coach.
Last school year, 2012-2013, Morgan was named assistant principal at St. Amant Primary, working with Principal Christie Crooks, who told the School Board this spring of her plans to retire.
Morgan isn’t the only educator in her family. Her husband, Justin Morgan, is a teacher and assistant baseball coach at Dutchtown High School. The couple has two sons, Graham, 4, and Grayson, 3.
Paisley Morgan’s dad, Steve Broussard, who’s retired from Shell Chemical, also served as an Ascension Parish School Board member from 2007 to 2010.
Morgan, recognized May 6 as St. Amant’s new principal at the School Board meeting, told board members that her becoming principal was a dream come true for her.
The job of educators, she said, is to help their students’ dreams come true, too.