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Veteran Educators Chosen to Lead


Media Contact: Alexis Pritchard

Date: 08/22/2022

Phone: 504-301-2000


Veteran Educators Chosen to Lead

Chalmette, LA - A new school year brings some exciting changes to the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools as several veteran educators are now in new service and leadership roles.

Two of the district's long-tenured middle school principals are now in district administrative roles. Denise Pritchard, who was the principal at N.P. Trist Middle School for many years, is now the Supervisor of Personnel while former Andrew Jackson principal Andrea Liccardi is the Coordinator of Special Projects. 

Taking their places in leading the middle schools are Kara Colburn and Todd Larche. Each served as assistant principal at the middle school level and will continue the legacy of learning of their predecessors.

Geralyn Russo, who served as the assistant principal at Arabi Elementary School for many years, is now also in a supervisory role, leading the district’s transportation department. 

School Board President Cliff Englande thanked each of them for their continued commitment to the children of St. Bernard.

“We are excited for the promise of this school year and are confident about having these outstanding people in position to carry out our mission of providing quality education to all of our students,” Englande said. “We are grateful for their leadership and experience and know that our district is in good hands.”

These changes also created opportunities for three educators who will now serve as assistant principals: Alisha Capstick at N.P. Trist Middle School, Erin Larsen at Andrew Jackson Middle School, and Magen Arabie at Arabi Elementary School. Also in new positions are Rebecca Gioe who will serve as the district’s ELA coordinator and Amber Manino, the new instructional coach at St. Bernard Middle School. 

Pritchard said that she feels confident in the direction of the district and has been working hard in her new role during some challenging times.  

“I really appreciate the trust placed in me and know I have some big shoes to fill after all Paul Granberry has done,” Pritchard said. “But I also know that this district is truly unique and our people do an amazing job each day in teaching and caring for our students, so I am proud to be a part of this school family.”

Pritchard also shared this sentiment. “It truly takes a village to help children, and we encourage anyone interested in helping us to consider joining our team. Whether it's serving in our cafeterias, driving our buses, or supporting our teachers in the classroom, there is a place for you here.”

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