The Jefferson Parish Public School System has named its district winners in the Louisiana Department of Education’s Principal of the Year competition. They are Andrew Vincent. of Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies; Colleen Winkler, of Chateau Estates School; and Darlene Turnbull, of Washington Elementary STEM School. 

Since arriving at Thomas Jefferson High School in 2015, Vincent has been working to expand opportunities for students to attain college credit. Along with strategically expanding the Advanced Placement classes offered, more students are also earning college credit through these courses.

“In 2015, we recorded 23 passing AP scores," Vincent said. "In 2017, we more than tripled that figure by posting 78 passing scores.”

Under Winkler’s leadership, Chateau Estates School earned an A as its most recent district performance score. “Kids First” is a mission and theme that is literally seen throughout the school and on Chateau Estate’s active social media accounts. From the college pennants that line the halls to the school and community celebrations, students are surrounded by success and encouragement.

Under Turnbull’s leadership, Washington Elementary earned Top Gains recognition for exemplary growth from the Louisiana Department of Education and saw its district performance score improve by a full letter grade this past school year. Washington Elementary is in its first year under a new science, technology, engineering and math focus.