AP Schools announces leadership appointments

Donaldsonville, La. — Ascension Public Schools announces the appointments of school and district leaders. Edith Walker is the district’s new Chief Instructional Director; Dina Davis is the district’s new Director of Middle Schools; Christina Carter is the new Associate Principal of St. Amant High School; and Valerie Hall is the new Assistant Principal of St. Amant High School.

“Today, we recognize leaders taking on new responsibilities and continuing to do great things for students in Ascension Parish,” said Superintendent David Alexander. “We are so fortunate and blessed to have people who have the ability, desire and courage to lead our schools and district.”

Edith WalkerEdith Walker is the district’s Chief Instructional Director, a new position created to oversee Pre-K through 12 education.

A native of White Castle, Walker is a 21-year veteran educator with 18 years working in Ascension Parish. She began as an English teacher before serving as a counselor and Assistant Principal at St. Amant High School. She moved to Dutchtown High School to serve as Associate Principal and then led the school as Principal from 2011-2014. Walker served as an Instructional Supervisor for the district before becoming Director of Middle Schools in 2016.

Walker holds multiple degrees from Louisiana State University including a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing, a master’s degree in counseling and administration, and an Educational Specialist degree in adolescent counseling. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education at Southeastern Louisiana University.

“Thank you for this outstanding opportunity. I am looking forward to how this position will help grow me as a professional as well as grow this outstanding school district. I also look forward to working with the level directors. We are already such a great team, and together we will continue to move Ascension Parish forward,” said Walker.

Edith is married to Kendrick Walker, and they have daughter, Kennedi.

Dina DavisDina Davis is the district’s new Director of Middle Schools. She brings 32 years of educational experience to this position.

Davis began her educational journey serving special needs students in Terrebonne Parish. For 16 years, she served as a Behavior Strategist and then a Master Teacher. In 2003, her family relocated to Baton Rouge, and she became the Assistant Principal of Prairieville Middle School (PVM). After nine years, Davis became the Principal of PVM in 2012. Under her leadership, PVM became the highest performing middle school in the state with non-selective entry.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in education from Nicholls State University. She also earned +30 graduate hours.

“I am really excited about this new position. Working at Prairieville Middle has been amazing, and I would like to thank my PVM family for the many years we have worked together. I am looking forward to working with all middle school children in our district as well as alongside and supporting our middle school principals,” said Davis.

Christina CarterChristina Carter is the new Associate Principal of St. Amant High School.Carter began her education career in 2006 as a math teacher at Dutchtown High School. With the formation of Freshman Academies she moved to freshman level classes and enjoyed teaching students early in their academic careers. In 2013, she became an Assistant Principal at St. Amant High School, a position she held for seven years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education certification from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern University.

“Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility. We have an awesome team at St. Amant High School. It is a special place to work. I am proud, humble and blessed about the opportunity to serve this parish in a new capacity,” said Carter. “I will continue to help our freshmen model ‘Success Through Actions, the STA Way’!”

Christina is married to Terrell Carter, a systems engineer with EATEL, and they have three children: Terrell Jr., Anthony, and Cameron.

Valerie HallValerie Hall is the new Assistant Principal of St. Amant High School.

A native of Baton Rouge, Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University. She also earned an educational leadership certification.

After beginning her education career in East Baton Rouge Parish, Hall moved to Ascension Parish in 2008. She served as a mathematics teacher and an instructional coach at St. Amant High School for 10 years. In 2018, she served as a master teacher at Lowery Middle School and in 2019 was accepted into the Ascension Parish Administrative Internship Program, in which she worked closely with the administrators at Pecan Grove Primary.

“Thank you for this opportunity and entrusting this position in my hands. I am more than excited for the opportunity to expand my Ascension Parish career at St. Amant High School. I am super excited to come back to the place that grew me into the leader I am today,” said Hall.

Valerie is married to Joseph Hall, a Louisiana State Trooper, and they share two children: Miles and Nolan.

To learn more about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.