Talbot joins Holy Cross as new principal

Holy Cross Elementary Principal Amanda Talbot looks on as librarian Patty Marks reads to Celine Laubach’s first grade class Wednesday.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean L. McCorkle)

Holy Cross Elementary Principal Amanda Talbot

Meet Amanda Talbot, Holy Cross Elementary’s first new principal in four decades.
She replaces Mamie Bergeron who retired in May after 50 years of service, 40 of those as a principal.
Talbot is a graduate of Morgan City High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s of education degree plus 30 hours in administration and supervision from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
The new principal has been an educator for 14 years, teaching kindergarten and then as a curriculum facilitator for all core subject areas in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in the St. Mary Parish public school system.
She is married to Shane Talbot and has two children, Bryce, 6, and Kinsley, 4. It was because of her children, who attend the school, that she applied for the principal position, she said.
“I’m very blessed to have been chosen to follow Mrs. Mamie Bergeron,” Talbot said.
Talbot’s plans for Holy Cross include the reintroduction of the school’s mascot, promoting positive behavior and increasing parental involvement. The academic focus this year for the school’s 318 students is on writing, she said.
Faculty chose the Golden Eagle, a mascot the school once had that has been out of use for years, and a contest will be held among students and their families to name the mascot.
School-wide rules have been implemented to bring consistent expectations as children change grade levels, Talbot said.
This school year’s theme is “Bridging faith, academics and community.”
Talbot said the biggest difference between public and private school is “being able to provide students with faith and building community spirit. Faith plays an important role in our students’ lives throughout the day from morning through dismissal,” she said.
School-wide Masses will be held every week, she said, adding that previously grade level-specific Masses were held weekly with an all-school Mass once a month.
Students are encouraged to participate in service projects including making cards for nursing home residents, police and firefighters; recycling; and raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, fulfilling the community aspect of the school year theme.
Also on that note, Holy Cross will be pairing with sister school Central Catholic High School for various activities including school Masses, transitional activities for sixth graders and Trunk or Treat, during which the high school students are encouraged to pass out Halloween candy for the elementary students.

By JEAN L. McCORKLE jmccorkle@daily-review.com

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