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Spirit of Acadiana: Principal of the Year Rachelle Brown

Posted at 10:32 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 23:37:28-04

It starts with the honking of car horns, followed by a smiling woman waving at the cars

Monday morning's parade at Leblanc Elementary school was really all about saying congratulations to a most appreciated member of the family.

Last Friday, Principal Rachelle Brown was virtually informed that she'd been selected Louisiana Elementary School Principal of the Year.

At about 11 a.m. on Monday sirens could be heard in front of the school. Staff members whispering if Brown had arrived outside.

"They told me that the fire department was here,” Brown said. “It was somewhat believable, and they weren’t lying, really.”

For Principal Rachell Brown, it's a congratulatory parade today and then, it's the start of school tomorrow. Specifically, it’s a more somber reality for Brown, her staff and nearly 700 students.

“When everyone arrives tomorrow, we'll definitely be in a serious nature and a cautious nature; and as we practice and get used to these guidelines we have to live, I think we can celebrate a little bit more,” says Brown. “The most important thing will be getting children into our school building safely and efficiently tomorrow morning and we can't wait to see them.”

The girls arrive Tuesday and the boys arrive Wednesday. Both will show up at this Erath/Abbeville hybrid on Thursday.

In a way befitting a humble STATE champion of education, Rachelle Brown offered her own thank you on this day to her team-- the Leblanc Elementary teachers, staff and parents.

“It’s wonderful,” she smiles, reflecting on her congratulatory parade. “I was very surprised; all of this is just overwhelmingly amazing. I truly feel loved and appreciated, and again, this is a testament to our amazing school community."

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