By staff reporter Nora Drenner
Kuddos to Sabine Parish Principal of the Year Jarrad Rivers who has been named a 2021 principal of the Year Finalist in the state of Louisiana. Rivers made the cut as a semi-finalist in June and now he is one of nine finalisst.
Rivers is a Sabine Parish native and 2000 graduate of Zwolle High School. Following high school, Rivers attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2004 and a master’s degree in 2011.
He began his career in education at Converse High School as a social studies teacher. In 2010, Rivers transferred to Pleasant Hill High School where he continued teaching high school social studies and began coaching baseball.
His school administrative career began in 2013 as PHHS assistant principal. In 2015 Rivers assumed the position of Principal at PHHS.At that time, PHHS’s School Performance Score (SPS) was a 63.8 and had a letter grade of “D.” As of 2019, PHHS has a SPS of 80.1 on the revised SPS scale, which is a letter grade of “B.” Rivers attributes the 28.5-point gain to the resilience of the faculty and students, and the support of the parents and the community. PHHS was recognized as a “Top Gains School” in 2018.
The other finalists are Kimmie Smith of Bossier Parish, James Wells of Caldwell Parish, Jerel Bryant of Collegiate Academies, Jason Beber of Jefferson Parish, Dennis Stewart of Rapides Parish, Sheri Jones, St. Tammany Parish, Rachelle Brown of Vermilion Parish and Alnata Bradford of Vernon Parish.