Pecan Grove led by the best

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
On July 12, Marjorie Meyers of Pecan Grove Elementary School was announced 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year.

As Louisiana transitions to higher expectations and more challenging assessments, the Department of Education celebrated the work of some of the educators leading the effort in its schools and classrooms. On July 12, Marjorie Meyers of Pecan Grove Elementary School was announced 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year.

“It’s very exciting for me, personally, and for the school as well,” Meyer said in an interview with the Weekly Citizen.

The past few months, Meyers has submitted a lot of school data, been shadowed on the job, and explained her beliefs on education. She advanced through interviews and finally the night had come for the final outcome, as she sat at table at the 8th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium in Baton Rouge, waiting to be singled out of a group of four remaining.

“It was very surprising,” Meyers said. “To be recognized for doing your job but something you love to do is personally very fulfilling but it’s also a great way to put the light on what’s going on here in Ascension Parish at this little school in Gonzales.”

Pecan Grove had increased in each of the last three years in its school performing score – a total of 25 points. Meyers said she believes the data had a lot to do with her being selected.

“We went from an SPS score of a D to almost an A,” Meyer said. “Probably of anything that spoke the loudest.”

Meyers said the leadership development within the school also played a major role. This upcoming year, Pecan Grove will have almost an entirely new leadership team because the team from last year has gone on to be assistant principals of other schools, and master teachers.

“We have this turnover of people moving up within the district and I think that is in large part due to leadership development that happens here,” Meyers said. “I think it was a balance of student results and adult results, growing people on this campus.”

Ascension Parish School Superintendent Dr. Patrice Pujol says Meyers is a “phenomenal principal and true representation of the quality leadership we have throughout our school district.”

“To be chosen as principal of the year in your district means you have been recognized by your peers and chosen to represent them and the school system in regional and state levels of competition,” Dr. Pujol said. “Being selected as a state principal of the year confirms your success as a school leader and the accomplishments made through dedication and hard work. I have no doubt that this propelled Marjorie to a top selection.”

Dr. Pujol said she believes Ascension is known for having great educators and tremendous leadership.

“However, it is wonderful to have one of our own recognized at such a high level to confirm beliefs,” Dr. Pujol said.

Meyers added: “Now I just have to do it all over again. The bar is set high and we have to keep it going. But it’s okay, I enjoy a challenge, but just to maintain and continue to grow is our focus for next year.”