New principal named at Stephensville Elementary

Bryan Staton is principal of Stephensville Elementary School.

By LINDA COOKE Special to The Daily-Review

The new principal for Stephensville Elementary School brings with him a varied background, full of skills and experiences making him eminently suited for his new job in this small but highly rated rural school.
Bryan Staton was raised in New Iberia, graduating from New Iberia High School in l966. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from USL, now ULL or the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in l970. This was followed by a number of years working for the welfare department, operating his landscaping business and later a gun shop.
In the late l980s, Staton taught special education and honors Spanish and then social studies in New Iberia Middle School. This was followed by five years with the Juvenile Continuing Education Program working with students with discipline issues. He taught at Parks Middle School and in 2007 went back to ULL, where he earned a master’s degree in educational leadership. From 2008 to 2013, Staton was the assistant principal at St. Martinville Junior High.
When Daniel Rawls left as principal in 2013 to take a job in Webster Parish, Staton applied for and was given the job of principal of Stephensville Elementary School.
Staton said, “I am truly blessed to be working in Stephensville where the faculty and staff are caring and friendly. I feel very much at home.”
In just the five weeks since Staton took over, the school has developed an electronic newsletter which will be sent out monthly from the district and weekly from the school. A boys’ baseball team is being formed and the school just received 30 new computers for the students to use.
Stephensville offers a child care program that is available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days. A swim team is being created and there will now be a Junior BETA club. In March, the elementary school and Stephensville Fire Chief Adam Acosta will hold a parents workday at the school.
Staton and his wife, Janice, who teaches at Lafayette Community College, live in New Iberia. They have raised one natural son, one adopted son and three foster sons. Since it is more than a 100 mile daily commute from home to Stephensville, the Staton’s are looking for lodging closer to work.
“I’m very excited about being here at Stephensville,” said Staton. “I have two main goals while I’m here. Increase the school population and raise our school performance score even higher. The faculty here is doing a great job but there’s always room for growth.”

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