Last month, Southern Arkansas University (SAU) held their Educational Leadership Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet at the college.
One of the new inductees was Haynesville Elementary Principal Heather Brooks. Brooks was recognized for her significant accomplishments and outstanding achievements in the field of educational leadership.
To be considered for the SAU Hall of Fame nominees must be a building or district-level administrator or an SAU alum who completed one of these levels of studies.
Brooks received her master’s degree in educational administration and leadership after earning her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
She taught 12 years in Bossier before becoming an instructional coach in Claiborne Parish. In this position she spent most of her time dedicated to curriculum implementation and professional development, working closely with teachers and principals across the parish. She served in that position for three years before being named Principal of Haynesville Elementary School in 2020- a tough year to take on this new and significant responsibility amid a global pandemic.
Brooks worked tirelessly with staff and students to ensure that everyone persevered through the ever-changing guidelines and restrictions. The effort paid off. In 2021, Haynesville Elementary School saw an increase in their simulated school performance score.
The Louisiana Department of Education named Brooks a “Principal of the Year” division winner for the year 2023.
Congratulations to Principal Brooks!