Maria Prout: Principal on FireApr 8th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: school news
Maria M. Prout of Boothville-Venice Elementary School has been named Plaquemines Parish Principal of the Year for 2013-2014. She will compete against other principals on the regional level this month.
Principal Prout is a top notch administrator who is recognized for her significant impact in areas of leadership, strengthening community partnerships, rigorous curriculum and instruction, collaborating with teachers and other staff, and most importantly sizable gains in student achievement. A highly visible principal,
you will find her observing classes, questioning students about what they are learning, or spending time reading and interacting with them.
She was recently honored during a ceremony at BVES. One of the acts consisted of Head Start and Kindergarten students serenading her with these lyrics, “Our Principal is on Fire.” Since then, those words have become her mantra. The lyrics are befitting because she has been making great strides in academic achievement
since undertaking the role of principal in 2007. Under her leadership, Boothville-Venice Elementary has become an “A” school and received the distinction of
High-Poverty High-Performing School twice. With the aid of her administrative team and staff, she has proven that children of low socio-economic status can learn if given access to a free and quality education. At BVES, students are held accountable for their education and are being transformed into leaders of tomorrow.
What can one expect upon entering the doors of BVES? You will immediately experience the effects of a positive school culture. To start the day, the students
recite the Mission Statement, “Oilers are focused on Integrity, Learning, Excellence, Respect, and Success for All.” In addition, there are signs posted throughout the school to remind all stakeholders that the vision is to become better readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.
Principal Prout has established a positive school climate of high expectations which reflects high staff and student morale. She believes in motivating her staff
and keeping them happy.
“Happy teachers make happy students,” remarks Prout. When addressing the students, besides giving them a daily hug, she encourages them to give her
110 percent effort each day. She can be described as a charismatic leader who is an advocate for education and children.
Principal Prout is a member of a myriad of professional organizations including the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Alpha Theta Chapter, a sorority for educators dedicated to promoting the highest ideals of the teaching profession. Her favorite words are, “It’s all about the children.”