School board recognizes two Ascension Parish principals at meeting

Halen Doughty
New Assistant Principal of East Ascension High School, Tracy Swacker, addresses attendees at September 19 school board meeting.

The Ascension Parish School Board recognized the new assistant principal at East Ascension High School and a Louisiana State Principal of the Year semi-finalist at the September 19 meeting.

The board announced the appointment of Tracy Swacker as Assistant Principal of East Ascension High School. Swacker replaces Mathew Monceaux after he became Associate Principal of St. Amant High School.

The Minden native has worked in the Ascension Parish school system for 25 years after earning a bachelor's degree in business finance and secondary education certification from LSU and a master's degree in educational leadership from Southeastern. Swacker taught math at St. Amant High School for 15 years before becoming a master teacher in the TAP program at Donaldsonville High. After five years at DHS, she served as the instructional coach at Galvez Middle School for three years, and then she became a math instructor and mentor teacher at EA.

"Great things are happening at EA, and greater things are to come! The administrators, faculty, staff and students of East Ascension have fostered a culture of pride, teamwork, and 'Excellence Always.' I am humbled, honored and proud to be a part of the Spartan family," said Swacker.

The school board also recognized Mia Edwards as a semi-finalist for 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year. Edwards is the former St. Amant High Principal and current Director of Secondary Education.

Edwards was born and raised in Donaldsonville before attending Nicholls State University to obtain a teaching degree. After earning her bachelor's, she taught at Donaldsonville High School for a year, then taught at Baton Rouge Community College for nine months before returning to Ascension. She served as principal of St. Amant High school for six years.

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