Ascension public schools recently announced the appointment of five top administrative positions.

Dawn Love

Love was appointed to instructional supervisor for TAP implementation and teacher development. She graduated from East Ascension High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from LSU and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern University. She is working on a doctorate in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

She began teaching English at St. Amant High School in 2006. She spent a year in Texas before returning to Ascension as a master teacher at Donaldsonville High School. Love became assistant principal and then principal of Lowery Elementary. Her past two years were spent as a district high school instructional supervisor.

Michelle Parr Mullins

Mullins was appointed principal of St. Amant Primary School. She was born and raised in Ascension Parish, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from LSU.

She began her teaching career with 10 years of teaching third- and fourth-graders at Dutchtown Primary, followed by two years of fourth grade at Spanish Lake Primary. She then spent two years as a teacher coach at St. Amant Primary, one year as a mentor teacher at Gonzales Primary and four years at Central Primary, first as a master teacher and then assistant principal.

Paul Sampson

Sampson was appointed principal of Lowery Middle School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from LSU while working at JP Morgan, then earned a master’s degree in educational leadership. Sampson is working on a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from LSU.

His educational career began in 2010 at East Ascension High School as a social studies teacher, football coach, athletic academic interventionist and instructional leadership team member. He became Lowery Middle’s assistant principal in 2015.

Mike Long

Long was appointed assistant principal of Lake Elementary, supervising prekindergarten through fifth grades. The lifelong Ascension Parish resident holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from LSU and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

She has been Prairieville Primary’s assistant principal for the past 10 years. Previously, she taught at Donaldsonville Primary and Galvez Primary and was an instructional coach at Gonzales Primary.

Melissa ‘Missy’ Zeller

Zeller was appointed assistant principal of APPLe Digital Academy. Born and raised in Donaldsonville, she holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science and alternate certification in secondary education, both from Nicholls State University. Zeller earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2016.

She started at APPLe Digital Academy in 2001 as a Jobs for America’s Graduates teacher, implementing the program at Gonzales Middle, East Ascension and APPLe. She became an instructional coach for APPLe in 2017.