Sandy Huval was hired by the Vermilion Parish School Board on Thursday. She will replace Liz Vice, who will be retiring at the end of the month.
Huval brings to Erath High 15 years in education, including 13.5 years in Lafayette Parish (8 at Lafayette High) and the two and half years working for the Louisiana State Department of Education as the Louisiana Virtual School (LVS) Program Administrator.
She also taught at Northside High, N.P Moss Middle and was an assistant principal at Scott Middle School for two years before leaving for a state job.
The decision to leave her state job was driven by her desire to get back into the school setting.
“I have spent my years as a teacher and administrator by trying to provide the best ways to help students succeed, said Huval. “Working at LVS helped me grow as an educator by looking at alternate opportunities for students to achieve, but I missed being around students and teachers everyday, going to athletic events, and being part of the school community. Vermilion Parish has been a successful school district, and Erath High School is one of the best high schools in the state. I wanted to be a part of the academic success in this parish, and continue to drive students and teachers to be the best.”
Huval does have ties to Vermilion Parish. Her son, Timothy, who is a junior at UL-L, was born in Abbeville. Her grandfather is an avid hunter in the Gueydan area. She is married to her husband, Kelly, for 22 years.
Over the years, Huval has ventured into Vermilion Parish on occasion and has been to the community of Erath prior to applying for the position.
Huval will spend the next few weeks getting on the job-training without a principal. She will spend about a week under principal Francis Touchet. Touchet, however, will be leaving next week to take a state job with the education department. She is sorry to see him leave, and knows the community will miss him, she said.
“He has a great opportunity to bring the ideas that have made Erath High School a success to other schools and make an impact on education in Louisiana,” she said.
Huval said she will work hard and is counting on the teachers and staff at Erath High to help her get to the know the school. “I am looking forward to meeting all of the teachers and staff, and I can’t wait to meet the students,” Huval said.
Filling the void left by Touchet and Vice will be tough for the Lafayette native. But Huval is up for the challenge. Before applying for the position of assistant principal, she did her homework to learn as much as she could about the community. She loved what she heard.
“Everyone has always said that Erath is a close community, where education and family are a priority. Family and community are near and dear to me, and I know that I have found the right place,” Huval said.