Ascension Parish Public Schools has hired three assistant principals who will assume their duties on July 1.

"These new administrators bring with them a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience in our school district," schools Superintendent David Alexander said.

Hope Gautreau will replace Tennille Lange at Donaldsonville Primary School as Lange becomes principal. The lifelong Ascension Parish resident has a bachelor’s degree with dual certification in general elementary education and special education and a master’s degree in special education from Southeastern Louisiana University. Additionally, she completed educational leadership courses with Southeastern, receiving certification in 2008.

Gautreau’s previous experience includes two years as a special education teacher at Gonzales Middle, 10 years as a special education and general education teacher at Gonzales Primary and School Building Level Committee facilitator at Gonzales Primary and Oak Grove Primary.

Courtney Mancuso, of Prairieville, becomes Dutchtown High School’s new assistant principal, providing additional leadership support as the size of incoming freshman classes increases. Originally from Sorrento, she holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies and a master’s degree in education from Southeastern.

Mancuso has taught sixth-grade world history at Lowery Intermediate/Middle, sixth- and eighth-grade world history and Louisiana history at Central Middle and, most recently, was an instructional coach at Dutchtown High.

East Ascension High School also created a new assistant principal role to deal with larger incoming freshman classes. Allison Brignac, originally of Bogalusa, will step into the position. She is a national board certified teacher with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern.

Brignac’s experience includes work as a teacher at Welsh High School in Jefferson Davis Parish and St. Amant High School, teacher and mentor teacher at Donaldsonville High, mentor teacher at Lowery Middle, teacher coach at East Ascension High and master teacher at Donaldsonville High.