Bossier Parish Names Principals of the Year for 2021-22
Bossier Parish will be well represented at this year's regional level of the 2021-22 Principal of Year competition. The parish has just named three incredible school administrators to move to the next level of the competition and with the track record Bossier has posted in recent years, any or all of these three, could very well prove to be tops in all of Louisiana.
Superintendent Mitch Downey showed up on the doorstep at three schools to surprise the district elementary, middle and high school winners.
Brooke Nolte was chosen as Bossier Parish Elementary Principal of the Year. Nolte is principal at Stockwell Place Elementary, an A rated school that has garnered accolades as a Top Gains school and Equity Honoree. An educator for 18 years and a previous Teacher of the Year, Stockwell’s Special Education subgroup performed better than 97-percent of all Louisiana schools in 2019 under Nolte’s leadership, while students of color and economically disadvantaged children performed better than 94-percent of all Louisiana schools.
A proud product of Bossier Schools, Haughton Middle School Principal Richard Warren began his teaching career 19 years ago and was named Teacher of the Year in 2007. He helped implement the robotics program at Bossier Schools and served as the co-creator of the Regional Autonomous Robotics Competition. Warren later became Assistant Principal at Haughton Middle, then Principal in 2016. Under his leadership, the school performance score has improved consistently at the largest middle school in the parish.
David Thrash has been in education for 38 years and spent the last 14 of those as principal of Bossier High School. Considered the dean of Bossier Parish high school principals, Thrash won the 2011 Louisiana State Principal of the Year title and was the Bossier Parish High School Principal of the Year in 2010 and 2018. Bossier High has seen big gains under the leadership of Thrash, most notably the school’s current letter grade improving to a ‘B.’
“These three principals are incredible leaders and that is evident by the positive impact they have had on student achievement,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “You will not find more deserving administrators that are better poised to represent our parish and state.”