Meet the Candidates for WPSB Superintendent

The Winn Parish School Board will be interviewing two candidates for Superintendent at the Special Called meeting today at 5:30 at the Winn Parish School Board Office. The public is invited to attend the meeting. 

If you would like to offer input during the meeting you may make comments during the “Public Comments” portion of the meeting. You may also contact your school board representative with questions or concerns prior to the meeting. 

Durant Johnson
District 1
Cell 318-471-0559

Michelle Carpenter
District 4
Cell 318-413-2757

Christy Harrell
District 5
Cell 318-413-1920

Matt Walton
District 6
Cell 318-715-1848

Joe Llaine Long
District 7
Cell 318-413-4614

Todd Martin
District 9
Cell 318-663-7456

Joe Lynn Browning
District 10
Cell 318-471-0192

Leah Clingan
District 11
No Contact Info Listed on WPSB Website

Patrick Howell – No District or Contact Info Listed on WPSB Website
Michael Riffe – No District or Contact Info Listed on WPSB Website
Harry Scott – No District or Contact Info Listed on WPSB Website

There is a “send message” feature on the WPSB Website under the “School Board” tab in order to reach school board members with no contact information listed. Click here to go directly to the page https://www.winnpsb.org/148953_2

Jonathan Garrett

I am a native of Winn Parish, born and raised in Calvin and a 1990 graduate of Winnfield Senior High School. Following graduation, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeast Louisiana University and graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northwestern State University in 2007. I am an educator with
over 20 years of experience in both rural and city schools. I currently serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Rapides Parish overseeing the daily operations of 47 schools with a budget of over $272,000,000 and aligning educational programming to the needs of our teachers and our 22,000 students. I ensure schools have access to targeted, strategic, and intentional professional development opportunities for the more than 3,200 employees in the school system. Prior to becoming the Assistant Superintendent, I was fortunate to serve in a variety of positions, including:

  • Principal of Alexandria Senior High (1375 students, 124 staff members) – Led
    the school to become the only “A” rated high school in Rapides Parish.
  • Director of Secondary Schools (13 high schools, 8,300 students) – Every high
    school improved their school performance score during my time as director.
  • Principal of Buckeye High School (1125 students, 103 staff members) –
    Highest performing high school for 2 consecutive years in Rapides Parish.
  • Principal of Ruby Wise Elementary (425 students, 33 staff members) –
    Student proficiency rate of 84%.

I was selected by my peers as Principal of the Year twice and was also elected to serve as the president of the Rapides Association of Principals and Assistant Principals. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a lot of experiences, and now I have the opportunity to come back home and put some of them into place here. I learned a lot about how things can be done, and while not everything is transferable, much of it is. There are many great things happening here already, and to be able to add to that is a wonderful opportunity. Fresh ideas and ways of thinking can be a great thing for Winn Parish.

Alfred L. Simmons

Al Simmons is a resident of Winn Parish, Louisiana, and has been employed by the Winn Parish School Board for 26 of his 29 years in the field of education.  Al attended Winnfield schools and was graduated from Winnfield Senior High School in 1986.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 1991 and then began his career at Winnfield Senior High where he taught social studies subjects and coached football.  After completing one year of employment in Winnfield, Al moved to Acadia Parish where he was employed at Crowley High School as a social studies teacher and coach.  While at Crowley, he coached football, basketball, baseball, and track.   In 1996, after serving on staff at Crowley High School for 3 years, he returned to the Winn Parish School System as a teacher and coach at Winnfield Senior High School.

Upon completion of a Master’s Degree from Northwestern State in 2000, Al began a career in school administration, serving as Assistant Principal for Winnfield Kindergarten School and then Winnfield Intermediate School. He was named Principal of Winnfield Intermediate School in 2005.  In 2007 he was selected for the job of Director of Personnel and Transportation for the Winn Parish School System with additional duties in the areas of athletics, child welfare and attendance, and adult education.  He has remained in that position to the present time.   

Al has been a member of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association, the Louisiana Association of Principals; and is currently a member of the Louisiana Association of School Transportation Officials, the Louisiana Association of Child Welfare & Attendance Professionals, and the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators.  He has served on the Louisiana State Department of Education Educator Workforce Committee and currently is a member of the Louisiana Advisory Council on Student Behavior & Discipline.  He holds Louisiana Type A and B teaching certificates and is certified to teach social studies subjects and to serve in the roles of Principal, Parish or City Supervisor of Instruction, Supervisor of Student Teaching, and Superintendent.


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