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Caddo principal wins Louisiana Principal of the Year

Marco French is the 2022 State Principal of the Year, the Louisiana Department of Education...
Marco French is the 2022 State Principal of the Year, the Louisiana Department of Education announced at the 15th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Awards Gala, held Friday, July 16, 2021.(Jasper Colt | Caddo Parish Public Schools)
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 7:52 PM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) - According to the Caddo Parish Public Schools Facebook page, Marco French has won Louisiana Principal of the Year.

French is the principal of Queensborough Leadership Academy, an elementary school in Shreveport.

“In a year with many challenges, Marco French has shown he has what it takes to be an effective, compassionate leader. We couldn’t be more proud of him and his constant dedication to helping children succeed,” the post read.

He now advances to the national competition.

Marco French is the 2022 State Principal of the Year, the Louisiana Department of Education...
Marco French is the 2022 State Principal of the Year, the Louisiana Department of Education announced at the 15th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Awards Gala, held Friday, July 16, 2021.(Caddo Parish Public Schools)

“Congratulations to the 2022 Louisiana Principal of the Year! Marco French is a visionary, innovative, game-changing school leader who embodies what all students need for success,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, superintendent of Caddo Schools. “French is a walking testimony in perseverance, resilience, and tenacity. He came to education with a heart for changing lives and a willingness to go above and beyond for his students. I am so excited to mentor this amazing young leader!”

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French started his teaching career in 2003 as a substitute teacher at Atkins Elementary. In January of 2010, his career really kicked off, and, once certified, he starting teaching. He became the principal of Queensborough Elementary in 2017. During his time, he has helped the school be removed from the state’s academically failing list, earned the school recognition as Louisiana’s Outstanding School, and helped the school become ranked as number one of the top ten high-performing schools for 3rd grade literacy progress and growth in 2019. The school was also recognized for having the highest growth in the district with a 93.7% progress index and a school performance score of eight points.

Marco French is the 2022 State Principal of the Year, the Louisiana Department of Education...
Marco French is the 2022 State Principal of the Year, the Louisiana Department of Education announced at the 15th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Awards Gala, held Friday, July 16, 2021.(Jasper Colt | Caddo Parish Public Schools)

French earned his bachelor of science in education from Grambling and got his master of science in educational leadership from Arkansas State.

“I have always seen so much potential in this young man from his days in the classroom to the leader he has grown to be,” said Marvin Alexander, executive director of school performance. “He’s always been very studious, dedicated, and relatable. He truly has a gift of not only working with students but also with parents. He is one of the few leaders I know who understands what it takes to build relationships while gaining a parent’s trust and building on that trust for the benefit of his school community.”

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