By Bonny Van

The Catholic Commentator

Leadership at a number of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will feature some new faces and some familiar ones when the 2020-21 school year kicks off in August.

Superintendent Dr. Melanie Palmisano released a list of the new administrators at the end of May. Among them is Jason Chauvin, currently principal of Catholic Elementary School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, who will also take over the top job at Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee.

In her statement, Palmisano noted that the appointment would bring “the campus under one principal, consistent with other schools our diocese.”

Chauvin will be working with an administration team that includes assistant principal Fran Olinde and dean of students Lauren Doucet.

At Holy Family School in Port Allen, current interim Principal Alise Ashford will take over the top spot permanently. In a statement announcing the appointment, Father David Allen, pastor of Holy Family Church, said, “(Ashford’s) references and evaluations from the staff at Holy Family School were notable; especially the desire of current teachers and staff to return next year under her leadership.”

Zachary Fields is the new principal at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence. Fields has 22 years of educational experience, including as junior high assistant principal at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.

St. Elizabeth School in Paincourtville welcomes new principal Dr. Andy Kling. Kling taught sixth-grade math at Gonzales Middle School while earning a doctorate in education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

St. George School in Baton Rouge assistant principal Angele Fontentot won’t have to go far for her new post as principal of St. George. Fontenot has been assistant principal at the school since 2012. She’s also been in the classroom at St. George, having taught fourth grade and physical education.

Tania Woods has been selected as the new principal for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. The Louisiana native is returning home after living in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 18 years where her husband was stationed with the U.S. Navy.

Woods, who attended Catholic schools in New Orleans, has been a school administrator since 2008.

Other appointments include Kristy Monsour as administrator of the special education program for Catholic schools and Jack Nelson as the first president of St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge.

All appointments are effective July 1.