Cabrini chooses Hynes principal as its alumna of the year _lowres

Photo by Adrienne Battistella — Michelle Douglas, center, is the 2016 alumna of the year for Cabrini High School. She is seen with principal Yvonne Hrapmann, left, and President Ardley Hanemann Jr.

Cabrini High School has chosen Michelle Bertram Douglas ’85 as its 2016 alumna of the year.

“It means so much to be honored by my school, a place near and dear to my heart,” Douglas said. “Cabrini is more than an education of the mind; it is an education of the heart.”

Douglas is a lifelong educator who serves as the CEO and principal of Edward Hynes Charter School. She holds a master’s degree in elementary curriculum and instruction, certified in administration.

A resident of Lakeview, Douglas and her husband, Chuck, were instrumental in the rebuilding of the area after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In addition to rebuilding her home, Douglas worked with teachers, administrators, students and volunteers to re-establish Hynes in temporary buildings, the only public school in Lakeview.

In January 2012, Hynes Charter School reopened at the old location on Harrison Avenue, on a new campus that is modern and safe, providing an exceedingly high level of education for its students.

In 2013, she was named principal of the year in Orleans Parish. She also has been named as one of UNO’s outstanding alumni and is on Cabrini’s board of trustees.