Ascension Public Schools recently filled several key leadership positions.
Louisiana 2014 Elementary Principal of the Year Marjorie Meyers Murry, of Pecan Grove Primary in Gonzales, was promoted to instructional leadership partner.
Murry has worked in education for 26 years, including as a principal, assistant principal and teacher-coach. She has been Pecan Grove’s principal since 2008 and won the national TAP Founder’s Award this year for turnaround performance efforts.
Murry has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is originally from Denham Springs.
Amy Champagne was named principal of Pecan Grove Primary.
She began her career in education at G.W. Carver Primary in Gonzales as a first- and fifth-grade teacher, was a literacy and instruction coach at Donaldsonville Primary, then a master teacher at Pecan Grove until her most recent position as assistant principal of Duplessis Primary School.
Champagne has a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master’s degree from the American College of Education. In 2006, she achieved National Board certification. Born in St. Amant, Champagne is a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish.
Lynn Hathaway was named principal of APPLe Digital Academy in Darrow. APPLe enrolls 250-300 students in remediation, high school equivalency and online programs.
Hathaway practiced law before becoming a special education coordinator and assistant principal of APPLe. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Youngstown State University, a Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in special education from LSU. Hathaway is a native of Steubenville, Ohio.
Paul Sampson was named assistant principal of Lowery Middle School in Donaldsonville.
Sampson joined Ascension Public Schools in 2010 as a teacher and athletic academic coordinator/coach at East Ascension High School. Prior to joining Ascension, he worked as a financial adviser for J.P. Morgan Chase.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership from LSU. Sampson was born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in Baton Rouge.
Jackie Tisdell was named Ascension Public Schools’ new public information officer.
Over the last 12 years, she worked for the University of Louisiana System as assistant vice president for communications, executive director of student initiatives and outreach, and assistant director of communications.
Tisdell has a bachelor’s degree in English from Centenary College of Louisiana and a master’s degree in communication from LSU. She was born in Baton Rouge and is a resident of Prairieville.