Livingston Parish Schools Holds Watch Party Celebration for State Principal of the Year Finalist
Posted on 07/15/2021
Albany Middle Principal John Hill--Louisiana State Principal of the Year Finalist

LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish school leaders and elected officials will host a “Watch Night Celebration” for Albany Middle School Principal John Hill, who is competing for this year’s Louisiana Principal of the Year honors, at 6:30 p.m. Friday (July 16) at the LPPS Suma Professional Development Center in Satsuma.


The in-person “red carpet” celebration will be held in conjunction with the virtual ceremony that is hosted by the Louisiana Department of Education, Dream Teachers, and the Association to honor the Louisiana’s 2022 Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees at the 15th Annual Educator Excellence Awards Gala.


“We wanted to do something special to celebrate John’s accomplishments and the recognition he is receiving from state education leaders.  To be a finalist for the state’s Principal of the Year award is a tremendous honor,” Superintendent Joe Murphy said.  “John’s hard work, dedication and leadership skills are exemplary, and they serve as model qualities for all our campus leaders.”


Murphy noted that Livingston Parish has had three finalists for the state’s top principal award for the past three years, noting that Juban Parc Junior High Principal Greg Hayden was a state finalist in 2020, and Denham Springs Junior High Principal Bryan Wax was a state finalist in 2021.


“We are very proud of all our school principals. They have tough jobs, and we expect much from them,” Murphy said.  “There’s no doubt that their excellent leadership skills and passion for student learning are key ingredients in our district’s success of being among the top school districts in the state.”


School systems from across the state submit nominations each year for the Louisiana Department of Education’s Teacher and Principal of the Year process. All finalists and semi-finalists are celebrated and honored at an awards gala.  This year’s gala is virtual because of health concerns caused by the COVID pandemic. For more information on the award’s program, visit


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