Mitchell Fontenot, principal at Eunice High School, has been named a semi-finalist in the Louisiana Principal of the Year program.
Each year, the Principal of the Year Program recognizes and rewards an elementary, middle, and high school principal who has demonstrated outstanding school leadership.
Fontenot, affectionately known as “Mitch,” was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from McNeese State University. He is married to Julie Hollier Fontenot and has 5 children; Mehgan (26), Jada (24), Gabby (20), Alex (17), and Millie (7).
Mitch started his teaching career at East Elementary in 1990, teaching Special Education. He moved to Eunice High School in 1992 where he again taught students with special needs in addition to serving as the assistant coach in baseball. After teaching for 13 years, Mitch moved from the classroom into administration, becoming the assistant principal at Eunice High in 2003 and principal in 2009.
When congratulated, Mitch humbly stated that he certainly didn’t do this alone. He and his team at Eunice High along with parents and students have worked hard and that work has definitely paid off. When school performance scores were announced this school year, Eunice High learned they had earned an “A” rating.
When asked about his inspiration for becoming an educator, Mitch replied, “When I was in college a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to accompany him to the local Special Olympics event he was working as a requirement of one of his education classes. I joined him and it had an impact on me. The innocence and joy that these kids displayed were awe-inspiring. Right then, I knew that I wanted to do something in Special Education.”
"All of us at SLPSD would like Mitch to know how proud we are of his accomplishments and we wish him luck moving on to the finalist round," a release from the district states.