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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -- Lynn Mouton Carmouche, 43, prepares for her new job as principal of Redemptorist St. Gerard School.

Lynn Mouton Carmouche, 43, formerly of Lafayette, is the new principal of Redemptorist St. Gerard School.

The school has been a Baton Rouge diocesan school since 1945 under a couple names: St. Gerard Majella, Redemptorist Elementary and now Redemptorist St. Gerard School.

Carmouche brings 20 years of educational experience to the position. She started the job on July 1.

She attended Catholic schools in Lafayette from prekindergarten through ninth-grade. She is a 1991 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, 1995 LSU graduate with a degree in microbiology, 2008 Capella University graduate with master's degree in education, and a 2013 graduate of Walden University with an Educational Specialist degree in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

She has worked in three states over her career teaching students from fifth-grade to community college. She began her teaching career in Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida, as a high school biology and marine biology teacher at First Coast High from 1996-1998. She also taught middle school science in Coral Springs, Florida, at Ramblewood Middle School from 1998-2000. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and was an adjunct faculty member of St. Louis Community College teaching biology lab from 2000-2001.

She returned to the public school sector teaching middle school science in Berkeley and Ferguson, Missouri, from 2001-2003.

"My husband and I returned to our home state of Louisiana to start a family, and I took a sabbatical teaching job at Kehoe-France Northshore for a couple months," she said.

She then spent the next years in St. Tammany Parish from 2004-2009 as a middle school science and home economics teacher at St. Tammany Junior High.

"During Hurricane Katrina my school was devastated and I evacuated to Lafayette to live with family and taught seventh-grade grade American History and eighth-grade science at L.J. Alleman Middle School," she said.

She began her administrative career as assistant principal at Lutcher High School in St. James Parish from 2009-2011 where she also served as interim homeless liaison. She moved to the central office of East Baton Rouge Parish as Title I coordinator and science instructional specialist from 2011 to January 2014.

She worked at Inspire Charter Academy as dean of intervention, Special Education and Electives from January 2014 to June 30, 2016.

"I have been building my repertoire of skills to land right where God planned for me - Redemptorist St. Gerard School," she said.