With the start of the 2016-2017 school year behind us, Woodlawn High is excited to welcome several new additions to the school faculty and staff.

Shirley Duvall ([email protected])comes to Woodlawn High from Lee High School. Ms. Duvall has 33 years of teaching experience. We are privileged to have Ms. Duvall work with our Exceptional Student Services department. Ms. Duvall thoroughly enjoys working with children that have special needs and says that her chosen career field has been exciting and rewarding.

Samantha Fetter ([email protected]) will be a recognizable face to many at Woodlawn as she was employed here last year as a paraprofessional. Ms. Fetter, who has a sister on staff here also, is originally from Pennsylvania. Ms. Fetter will be teaching Basic Career Readiness and Advanced Career Readiness this year. Ms. Fetter welcomed a new daughter, Theadora, on March 22, 2016.

Steven Frazier ([email protected]) is teaching Intro to Business Computer Applications, Engineering and Design, and AP Computer Science. Mr. Frazier comes to Woodlawn from the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy. Along with his teaching duties, Mr. Frazier will assist with the Panthrobotics program. In his spare time, Mr. Frazier enjoys stand up paddle boarding with his nine year old daughter.

Maria Gonzalez ([email protected]) comes to Woodlawn from Broadmoor High School. Coach Gonzalez has been in education for 16 years. Here at Woodlawn, Coach Gonzalez will teach PE I, II, III, and IV while also serving as the head softball coach, head bowling coach for both boys and girls, and assistant volleyball coach. Coach Gonzalez enjoys spending her free time supporting her daughter in her many athletic endeavors.

Hilma Governale ([email protected]) is joining the staff at Woodlawn after teaching at Broadmoor High School last year. Ms. Governale has spent the last 18 years in education. Along with her class schedule of US History, US History Honors, and US History Great Scholars, Ms. Governale is also the BEST Mentor teacher, which is a program for new teachers in the district. Ms. Governale enjoys watching LSU athletics and Saints football in her spare time.

Courtney Harper comes to Woodlawn by way of Boulder, Colorado. Ms. Harper was an instructor at Sylvan Learning Center. She will teach English I Honors, Great Scholars, and Gifted while at Woodlawn. Ms. Harper has coached cheer and soccer in the past, and is also a Zumba instructor at LSU. Ms. Harper’s husband works at LSU, so the Harpers are naturally big Tigers fans! Ms. Harper said that she is “super happy to be here!”

Mark Koebernik joins the Woodlawn faculty from Lakeview Junior/Senior High in Campti, Louisiana. Mr. Koebernik will be a part of our Exceptional Student Services staff, teaching inclusion. Mr. Koebernik stated that he is “excited to be back in ESS.” He is an avid power walker and is currently training for a half marathon in January.

Carmen Lloyd is joining the staff at Woodlawn High as a Speech I teacher. Ms. Lloyd comes to Woodlawn from Carlsbad High School, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Ms. Lloyd has spent over 20 years in the education field. Outside of school, Ms. Lloyd is a Performance Poet and Storyteller.

Weber Mansur ([email protected]) comes to Woodlawn from Tara High School. He has been a coach and teacher for 17 years. Coach Mansur will be the Credit Recovery facilitator this school year. Coach Mansur will also join the football staff this year. He is extremely excited to work with the students and teachers at Woodlawn this year.

Lori Ridgdell joins the staff at Woodlawn after spending the last school year at St. Amant. Ms. Ridgdell is entering her 27th year in education. At Woodlawn, she will teach Biology I and Biology I Great Scholars. She has also taught Art in the past. Ms. Ridgdell has a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She enjoys training dogs, reading, and painting in her spare time.

James Roberts is teaching English I at Woodlawn. Mr. Roberts was most recently at Walker High School. He has been in the field of education for 11 years. Mr. Roberts, a Baton Rouge native and LSU graduate, has coached many sports throughout his career. He has most recently been a football, softball, track, and strength coach.

Jon Sorenson comes to Woodlawn from McComb Community College in Warren, Michigan. Mr. Sorenson is teaching Talented Theater at Woodlawn. Mr. Sorenson is interested in helping with the Drama Club. In his free time, he enjoys music, cooking, and poetry.

Alysse Nelson ([email protected]) is the new Tenth Grade School Counselor at Woodlawn High. Ms. Neslon spent the spring semester at Denham Spring Junior High School. Ms. Nelson loves cooking, tailgating for LSU football, and she adores Golden Retrievers.

Brian Foreman ([email protected]) joins the staff at Woodlawn as the new Assistant Principal. Mr. Foreman has spent over 20 years in education, most recently at Scotlandville High School. Mr. Foreman enjoys college football, learning about new technologies, and education research. He also enjoys running, horseback riding, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.