Jenny Blalock, principal of A.E. Phillips, has been named Elementary School Principal of the Year for Lincoln Parish.
Blalock, who is in her fourth year as principal, said it was an honor to represent her school and the parish.
“My main desire for my students and faculty is that they love to come to school,” Blalock said. “I want our school to be a place where students feel safe, enjoy school to the fullest, and have an excellent education. I want our school to be founded in solid brain-based research, as well.”
One of the ways she encourages that is through innovative ideas.
“We are creating and piloting a mentoring program for our middle school students, this year, where we are meeting in small groups to inspire leadership qualities, kindness and service in our students,” Blalock said. “It is the highlight of my week to meet with my small group.”
Another new initiative is a fundraising campaign through Louisiana Tech.
“A huge fundraising initiative that we are undertaking, with the support of the Alumni Foundation of Louisiana Tech is our ‘Play It Forward’ campaign,” she said. “We are raising money to do a complete renovation of our playground and outdoor learning spaces.”
Prior to serving as A.E. Phillips’ principal, Blalock was the curriculum coordinator for the school.
“Oh, there are so many wonderful things about working at AEP,” she said. “I love the people I work with and work for — the students, faculty and staff, and families. I also love that we are on the campus of Louisiana Tech, so I am able to give back to my alma mater.”
Blalock, who is also active in First Baptist Church of Ruston, is a 2000 graduate of Springhill High School in Webster Parish and received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate of education degrees all at Louisiana Tech.
“I am a third generation Tech student in my family, so, I always knew I wanted to be a Bulldog,” she said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my community.”
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