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Photo of Kathy Ivie, Gold Star winner for September 2019Kathy Ivie exudes everything a parent would want their child’s kindergarten teacher to be. 

The Apollo Elementary educator is described as happy, bubbly, dedicated, inspired, talented and authentic. Her colleagues call her “a delight to those she works with” and one who “makes anything she touches sparkle with charm.” 

“Kathy is one of those remarkable human beings who possesses every quality an educator needs,” wrote Angela Moore. “When Kathy is in charge of anything, you know the result will be stellar. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She is one of the most inspiring educators I have ever worked with.” 

Parents sing her praises, too.

“Kathy has had a profound impact on my son’s education and future,” Erin Hughes shared. “From the time we met Kathy last year, she has given 100-percent of her time and endless hours helping her students both inside and outside of the classroom. My son has special needs and Kathy never gave up on him while we were going through medication adjustments, psychological evaluations and behavioral concerns … She really has played a huge part in helping our son have a strong academic foundation for the rest of his life.” 

Ivie’s love for her profession and the children she teaches is apparent, not only by the glowing nominations submitted on her behalf to win Bossier Schools’ Gold Star award, but also the thunderous applause received when she was named the winner for September at a school-wide assembly. 

“This was never on my radar,” Ivie gushed after the big reveal. “It means the world. It means I feel loved. Appreciated. I feel everything I do is worth it, but I know there are so many educators out there just as deserving … It inspires me to do more and it reminds me don’t ever give up when things get rough, because something good is going to come out of it.”

Ivie has been an educator for 26 years, having taught every grade up to eighth, with the exception of first grade. Kindergarteners, though, are the ones who have stolen her heart.

“I love that we get to take the kiddos where they are and lay the foundation they will carry with them their entire educational career,” Ivie explained. “I love teaching reading and seeing their eyes light up when they read a new word and it opens a whole new world for them. It’s just amazing and so rewarding and worth it.” 

She truly connects with her students, bringing her A-game to the classroom each day, without fail. 

Krystal Shelton said, “I am a parent of three boys. My oldest was in her class and now my middle child is in her class. She has the most loving personality for those students every day. She is like Disney World every day. She has become more than a teacher to my boys. She has become my friend.” 

Apollo Principal Melanie Watts adds it takes a special person to teach kindergarten, and Ivie is the perfect example.

“Mrs. Ivie is so deserving of this Gold Star. She always puts her students first and has a true love for teaching. When students leave her classroom at the end of the year, they have a strong foundation and a love for reading. We are very thankful for all that Mrs. Ivie brings to Apollo.” 

When asked to describe her perfect day as a teacher, Ivie summed it up list this.

“It’s a day you come into the classroom and welcome kids from all walks of life. We create an environment where you make it fun and for them to want to learn. We create a family where every person is valued, and at the end of the day they go home and want to come back the next day to our family.” 


Editor’s note: Know someone who works for Bossier Schools that is deserving of recognition for going above and beyond? Nominate them for the Gold Star award, sponsored by Bossier Federal Credit Union. Just go to

and tell us what sets them apart. They may just be next month’s winner! 

Posted 9/24/19

Group photo of Superintendent Downey with students that earned perfect LEAP scoresA big shout-out to the students that earned 76 perfect LEAP scores in one or more content areas of the spring 2019 state assessment.


These students were recognized in a special way at the September 19 Bossier Parish School Board meeting. Superintendent Mitch Downey gave them passes to Dixie Maze Farms as part of his first Superintendent Shout-Out award.


Special thanks to Mike Billings from Dixie Maze Farms and Cumulus Radio for sponsoring this Superintendent Shout-Out, which is a special pat on the back given to Bossier Parish students and employees for doing something exceptional. These students definitely did that!

Posted 9/23/19

Photo of Shannon  GaryThe accolades keep coming for Haughton Elementary fifth grade math teacher Shannon Gary. 

Over the summer, Gary earned the distinction as a Louisiana Department of Education Mentor Teacher, a tedious process that took two years to complete. Now, she has caught the eye of the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) and named the 2019 Middle School Outstanding Mathematics Teacher. 

Gary will be honored by the LATM Executive Council at an awards ceremony in November in Baton Rouge, held in conjunction with its state conference. She will be recognized prior to the conference at the September 5 Bossier Parish School Board meeting. 

“It is rewarding and encouraging to be recognized by LATM with this honor. To also make my parish proud is icing on the cake!,” Gary expressed. 

Posted 9/3/19


Photo of JC Moton, the Gold Star winner, next to the school s administratorsCarey DeLaune perhaps said it best when she wrote, “We all know the custodians of the school are the unsung heroes. There are so many jobs they do that we cannot possibly list them all because much of what they do is not always visible to everyone.” 

The Sun City Elementary teacher was referring to head custodian J.C. Moton, a fixture at the school for the last 16 years, who is there before everyone arrives in the morning and the last one who leaves at night. He is even there on weekends, holidays and odd hours to make sure everything gets done. Moton’s dedication visibly shows, too. 

“Our floors may be old, but he makes them SHINE!” Kristi Pierce said. 

He is also Principal Kim Tuminello’s right hand, who she deems “a workaholic.” 

“This summer he worked until midnight many times helping to prepare the (new classroom) wing so that teachers could get moved in and prepare their classrooms,” Tuminello explained. “He saved the day when so many delays kept teachers from moving into their classrooms in enough time to have them prepared for the ribbon cutting and the start of school.” 

It was the faculty’s appreciation and admiration for Moton that led to dozens of nominations being submitted for him to win Bossier Schools’ first Gold Star employee award of the school year. He was caught off-guard when he walked into a school-wide assembly with PreK-3rd graders screaming and applauding for Moton as he was announced as the Gold Star winner. 

“I’m shocked. I’m surprised. I didn’t know I was that important,” he later said. 

Sun City Elementary is like a second family to Moton. He is one of only three men who works there. The other 67 are women who he is quick to lend a hand when needed.  

“He has come into my classroom many times to grab my car keys because I would have a heavy box or case of water in the car that he carried inside for me,” Jackie Pease wrote. “This is a man who has always gone above and beyond to help with anything that one of us ladies has asked of him.” 

He does it all with a smile, too -- and, as Rachel Garlington will tell you, Moton is always good for a laugh. 

“Mr. J.C. is an absolute lifesaver for me! I know he hates to see me coming because I always have something big I need him to do.” Being the school’s music teacher, Garlington added “He often comes on the weekends and holidays to take down or put up a stage or do extra things that need to be done around our school. He is always good for a good laugh and loves to ask me how my day is going -- he knows it will be a good story! I truly hope he knows how much we love and appreciate everything he does for us! The only problem I ever have is when he tries to scare me with the rubber snake, which he thinks is hysterical to do!” 

Moton got a chuckle about that, nodding his head and adding “Mrs. Garlington started screaming and running.” 

Animal encounters are nothing foreign to this head custodian, though. He has been tasked with skunk removals more than once. Luckily, Moton has never been sprayed. 

At the end of the day, It is the personal satisfaction of “just getting it done” that is Moton’s reward. That, and knowing how much he is appreciated.

“Sun City would not run smoothly without JC,” Kayla Vaughan observed. “He is truly a Gold Star to all of us and he is much deserving of this award.” 


Editor’s note: Know someone who works for Bossier Schools that is deserving of recognition for going above and beyond? Nominate them for the Gold Star award, sponsored by Bossier Federal Credit Union. Just click here and tell us what sets them apart. They may just be next month’s winner!

Posted 8/27/19

Dignitaries cut ribbon as crowd looks onThe sun was shining on Sun City Elementary even before the 2019-20 school year began as Principal Kim Tuminello and Assistant Principal Lea Clark snipped the ribbon on a new third grade classroom wing. The recent construction will replace a fleet of aging temporary buildings. 

It has been a long time coming, as Bossier Parish School Board President Shane Cheatham told a large audience gathered for the occasion. He remembers attending classes in the temporary buildings, affectionately referred to as “T buildings,” as a kindergarten student decades ago. Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey chimed in, remembering them from as far back as 1978. 

The classroom addition was made possible by passage of a $210 million bond construction program to address growth throughout Bossier Parish. Bossier Schools is currently in year seven of the 10-year construction program. 

Tuminello was beaming as visitors toured the new wing following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Teachers were also eager to show off their bright, cheery classrooms they decorated to the nines. Not only did the 12-classroom addition energize educators, but it is sure to excite children about their new learning environment. 

Posted 8/7/19