Education

OLA gets a new assistant principal and state recognition for a history teacher

Marilyn Pigott
Marilyn Pigott

Our Lady Academy Principal Darnell Cuevas has appointed Marilyn Pigott as the new assistant principal of OLA.

Before coming to OLA, Pigott taught at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Picayune and the Picayune Public Schools.

She holds a master of science in educational administration.

In other news from OLA, Elise Cuevas has been named the 2017 state History Teacher of the Year, an award presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

In 1994, Cuevas received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. She taught for six years in New Orleans before moving to South Mississippi. She has been teaching at OLA since August 2000. She has a passion for history and preservation of the Constitution and the rights it gives to Americans.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories. In fall 2017, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony in Mississippi, OLA will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Cuevas will also receive an invitation to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites and hands-on work with primary sources.

The National History Teacher of the Year award will be presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner at a ceremony in New York City on Nov. 8. Past presenters at the ceremony include the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, First Lady Laura Bush, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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