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Principal's Message 

Clentrice Charles is a 1991 graduate of Opelousas High School. She holds a Master of Education degree from The American College of Education in Educational Leadership as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University. Mrs. Charles also holds professional educator certifications in Educational Leadership ( Level 3) and Special Education Mild/Moderate (1-12).

After working many years in healthcare as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Mrs. Charles made the decision to become a teacher and serve the parents and students of St. Landry Parish Schools.  In 2001 she began her career as an English and Science teacher. She also taught  Physical  Education, and Special Education at Arnaudville Elementary for eight years before moving to St. Landry Parish Pupil Appraisal Center as a Teacher Coach/ Interventionist.  In her role as Interventionist, she had many leadership responsibilities that included:  SBLC School Liaison, PBIS School Liaison, and Data Specialist. During this time, Mrs. Charles also earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and was soon offered the position of Special Education Instructional Specialist.  Mrs. Charles worked collaboratively with school administrators and other personnel in implementing appropriate academic and behavioral strategies in dealing with special needs students, and was soon offered the Assistant Principal position at Opelousas High School. Her time at Opelousas High afforded her the opportunity to further develop her skills as a curriculum/instructional leader, facilitate communication between the home and the school, and implement various discipline strategies for the diverse student population of Opelousas High School.  In 2016, Mrs. Charles became Assistant Principal at Lawtell Elementary School.  During her time at Lawtell Elementary, Mrs. Charles has supported existing programs and assisted with implementing new programs to move the school in a positive direction.