Longtime educator Greg Brandao has taken over as headmaster of Runnels School.
Brandao replaced school founder L.K. Runnels, who founded the school in 1965. Runnels’ wife, Gladys, longtime elementary principal and administrator also retired.
Marcia Mackay, who has been assistant principal and guidance counselor in the elementary school for the past 13 years, succeeds Gladys Runnels as principal. She also will continue her role as guidance counselor. Elementary reading teacher Beth Golden will step into Mackay’s slot as assistant principal.
The changes took place July 1, a news release from the school said.
Brandao, a former principal at Baton Rouge High School, is a veteran educator with more than 30 years’ experience. His credentials include 10 years as an educational consultant, 11 years as principal at Catholic High, and service as a teacher and administrator at Brother Martin in New Orleans and St. Thomas Moore Elementary in Baton Rouge.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from LSU, a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans, a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco and a second master’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.
An educator for 22 years, Mackay taught science, math and literature and worked as a guidance counselor at schools in and around New Orleans. Before becoming the guidance counselor and then assistant principal at Runnels, she taught sixth-grade science.
Mackay, who holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Orleans and a master’s of science degree in counseling and guidance from Loyola University, said she was honored that Gladys Runnels asked her to take her place as principal.
“I hope her imprint will always remain on the elementary school,” Mackay said.
A reading teacher at Runnels for seven years, Golden earned a bachelor’s degree from LSU, with a teaching certificate in elementary education. In addition, she has a master’s degree in social work from Tulane University.