Iberville Charter Academy hires founding principal

Veteran educator brings more than 24 years of experience to school

IBERVILLE, La – (June 19, 2014) – Iberville Charter Academy has hired its founding principal, veteran educator Andrea Thompson. Long time Louisiana resident, Thompson started her teaching career in Birmingham, AL eventually serving as principal at St. Helena Central Middle School in Greensburg, LA. She has served as educational program consultant in the Office of Literacy at the Louisiana State Department of Education and regional professional development consultant with McGraw-Hill Education Group. Her background includes teaching at the elementary school level and extensive work with special needs students.

Thompson obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL and her master’s in special education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.  She has also attained her administrative certification from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and her reading specialist certification from Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport, LA.

“Ms. Thompson’s extensive background in education and passion for making sure every student learns will lead our new school to excellence,” said John Pierre, president of the South Louisiana Charter Foundation Governing Board. “Her dedication to success for every child will fit well with Charter Schools USA’s educational model of creating personal learning plans for each student.”

Iberville Charter Academy is governed by the South Louisiana Charter Foundation which is comprised of local and regional community leaders: John Pierre, Brigitte Nieland, Achilles Williams, Michael Jackson, Michael Palamone, Judge Ulysses Thibodeaux and Angie Trotter.

The board selected Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), a nationally recognized leader in education management, to manage the school. CSUSA is the first education management company in the nation to receive accreditation through AdvancEd. This designation assures that all schools opened and operated under CSUSA’s model will be accredited in the first year of operation. In the 2014-2015 school year, CSUSA will manage 58 schools in seven states, serving nearly 60,000 students. In addition to opening Iberville Charter Academy, the company already manages another school in Baton Rouge. This year, it will also open one in South Baton Rouge, and two in Lafayette. The company currently manages two schools in southwest Louisiana in Lake Charles, and a school in Shreveport . For more information, visit our enrollment support center at 59350 River West Drive, Suite 101, in Plaquemine. Hours: M-W-F: 8am – 4pm; T-Th: 10am-6pm or call 866-KIDS USA.

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Media Contact information:

Colleen Reynolds, APR – public relations counselor for Charter Schools USA, Iberville Charter Academy and South Louisiana Charter Foundation.

239-437-0040 (office) or 239-849-6400 (cell)

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