Catholic schools gain new leaders

Published 4:04 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2023

LAPLACE — St. Joan of Arc and St. Charles Catholic will have new leadership for the 2023-24 school year.

Dr. RaeNell Houston, Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Executive Director of Catholic Education and Faith Formation, announced that Dr. Shelly Chauvin has been named the new head of school for St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace.  Dr. Chauvin succeeds Dr. Courtney Millet.

Dr. Chauvin has over 18 years of professional experience both in the classroom and in school administration. She is a product of Catholic education, and she and her husband have committed to providing their five children the opportunity to attend Catholic schools.

“Dr. Chauvin will bring not only her strong work ethic and qualifications to the role of Head of School but also a strong personal connection being a parent and, on the faculty, here at St. Charles Catholic,” Dr. Houston said. “I am confident that Dr. Chauvin’s faith will guide her to be a strong spiritual leader for the school and her professional experience will strengthen the SCC community.”

Dr. Chauvin commented, “I feel honored and blessed to be chosen to lead St. Charles Catholic, a place that already has a very important place in my heart. I look forward to sharing my skills, vision and goals to see St. Charles Catholic continue to grow and our students succeed.”

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School announced that Ms. Christine Creppel has accepted the position of principal for the upcoming school year. She is a familiar face in the community and a St. Joan of Arc alumna.

“St. Joan of Arc gave me so much as a young girl. I am honored and humbled to be able to return home and to lead as principal of this school. St. Joan of Arc provided me with confidence, motivation, and a passion for learning,” Creppel said. “SJA instilled in me important life lessons and allowed me opportunities to grow in God’s love. SJA created the academic foundation for me to become the person whom God called to be principal of my alma mater. I am proud to be a Viking once again, and I will enhance the traditions and values of our school in order for every one of our Vikings to prepare to be the people whom God calls them to be.”