Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Jan. 14, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Jackie Tisdell -- Lisa Bacala recently was named director of secondary education for Ascension Public Schools.

Ascension Public Schools recently named Lisa Bacala the new director of secondary education, effective Jan. 25.

Bacala will replace David Alexander, who is retiring and taking a new position with the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

“Lisa has been a part of our system for a long time, serving as a special education teacher, a middle and high school assistant principal and in central office administration. I am excited to have her on our team in this new capacity. She has a broad K-12 perspective, a generous heart and the ability to see things from other points of view,” Ascension Public Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol said during the announcement at a recent School Board meeting.

Bacala began her education career in Ascension Parish in 1986. She has a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from Nicholls State University and 30-plus graduate hours in special education at LSU.

She and her husband of 29 years, State Rep. Tony Bacala, have three children and four grandchildren with a fifth due in February.