Ascension Parish School Board


Latatia Johnson Named Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Education

The National Award-Winning Former Principal Recently Advocated for Education in Washington, D.C.

Gonzales, La. – Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of Latatia Johnson as an Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Education. Johnson most recently served as principal of G.W. Carver Primary, the 2017 recipient of the TAP Founder's Award, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching's (NIET) top honor.  

Head and shoulders of Latatia Johnson (black female) in front of APSB signRecently, Johnson travelled to Washington, D.C. with NIET to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and congressional members to discuss the importance of educator effectiveness. She was joined by NIET CEO Gary Stark, Somerset ISD (Texas) Superintendent Saul Hinojosa and DeSoto Parish School System Superintendent Cade Brumley. Johnson shared her success at G.W. Carver Primary in growing student achievement through NIET's TAP program.

"Latatia is unquestionably a rising star in the world of education. Her knowledge, dedication and leadership has garnered national attention, and we are thrilled for her to step into this district position," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.

Her 18-year career in education began in Assumption Parish. In 2002, Johnson moved to Ascension as an English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Lake Elementary. She became an SBLC facilitator at Lowery Elementary in 2006 and assistant principal of G.W. Carver Primary in 2007.

In 2011, Johnson became Principal of G.W. Carver Primary. This year has been momentous for Johnson, who served as the Ascension Public Schools Elementary Principal of the Year and won the 2017 TAP Founder's Award.

"I have had an amazing 10-year journey as an administrator at G.W. Carver Primary. My experience as principal coupled with collaborating with other district leaders allowed me to have a greater influence at my school," said Johnson. "I am excited about working with my colleagues across the district to ensure every student in Ascension is successful in an ever-changing world."

Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in speech ad communicative disorders and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a reading specialist add-on from Nicholls State University. She holds a Plus 30 certificate in educational leadership and is working on a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Southeastern Louisiana University.

She and husband Terrance Johnson have two sons, Jayvin and Jyrin.

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