Lab School names interim director

Retired educator Pat Williams will serve as interim director of the Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School following the resignation of Fawn Ukpolo. Ukpolo’s resignation is effective Aug. 2.

“We appreciate the contributions Dr. Ukpolo has made to the Lab School and to Southeastern,” said Shirley Jacob, interim dean of the College of Education, “and we wish her success.”

Jacob said the Southeastern’s College of Education and the Tangipahoa Parish School System have worked together to ensure a smooth transition in the Lab School leadership.

“Pat Williams will serve as interim director of the Lab School, effective Aug. 5. She is a retired public school administrator known throughout Tangipahoa Parish for her high standards in teacher excellence,” Jacob said. “She brings years of experience in K-12 education and is trained in the new common core curriculum and teacher accountability.”

It was Williams’ dedication to the children of Tangipahoa Parish, Jacob said, that persuaded her to help the Lab School during this time of transition.

“I am looking forward to getting the school off to a good start in August and to working with the teachers, students, and parents,” Williams said. “In partnership with the Tangipahoa Parish School System and under the administrative direction of Dr. Beth Moulds, administrator-at-large in Tangipahoa Parish, and Dr. Shirley Jacob, the Southeastern Laboratory School already has plans in place as teachers prepare their classrooms for the first day of school on August 12 and as the Lab School continues to strive to provide the highest quality education to its students.”