FIRST IN PRINT: Donaldsonville High’s new assistant principal Marvin Evans makes his mark for students and teachers.

Allison B. Hudson

Donaldsonville High School recently named Marvin Evans as the new assistant principal. Evans replaces Kim Melancon.

Evans is a native of Baton Rouge and grew up in Baker. Although new to Donaldsonville, he is not new to the education field. This is his 16th year in education and spent 13 of those years in the middle and high school setting teaching social studies.

Evans says his career began with the East Baton Rouge Parish school system from 1993-2003.

“I completed my administrative internship at Tara High and served as a supervisor of student teachers in conjunction with Southeastern Louisiana University,” he says.

He then moved to Dallas, Texas in 2003 and taught for five years at Skyline High School and Career Development Center, the nation's first magnet school and one of the largest in Texas with over 5,000 students. 

“While in Dallas, I gained experience in the following areas: master teacher, mentor teacher, department chair, and benchmark test writer for the Dallas Independent School District.  I served as the Assistant Principal of McShan Elementary in Dallas, Texas for two years,” he added.

Evans states that he and his family, including his wife Sharon, and two sons, Matthew and Mark relocated to Louisiana this past summer and currently resides in Gonzales.  Prior to his appointment as assistant principal at DHS, he was employed with the Louisiana Recovery School District as an Asst. Principal/Academy Leader at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans. 

“I made the career move to Ascension Parish because of its progressive growth and reputation as one of Louisiana's top performing school districts. Also, I felt my experience could have a positive impact on the students and community of Donaldsonville,” he said.

With starting a new position, most have new goals and focus areas, and Evans is no different. His goals are to assist the leadership team in fulfilling the district's mission of "every child successful in an ever-changing world." Provide students with a rigorous curriculum that will allow them to graduate with college and career readiness skills, and work cooperatively with all stakeholders (students, parents, staff, community) to provide effective data-driven decision-making.