Assistant principal credits school system with molding her into educator

Gabrielle Pollock DeLatte poses with a student.

Gabrielle Pollock DeLatte said being an Albert Cammon Middle School pirate just feels natural. While she now serves as Assistant Principal at ACM, DeLatte said her formative years as a student in the St. Charles Parish school district shaped her into the educator she is today.

“I feel like the district has really instilled in me the desire to be a lifelong learner,” she said.

DeLatte received her Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University in English with a concentration in secondary education before earning her Master’s Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Educational Leadership. Just last month she graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. Other than one student teaching experience during college, all of DeLatte’s teaching and administrative experience has been right here in St. Charles Parish.

“That was the goal,” she said. “Before coming to Albert Cammon, I taught seventh grade reading and writing at Harry Hurst Middle School. My primary responsibilities at Albert Cammon include the English Language Arts department, the after-school tutoring program, Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year, SBLC/RTI, standardized testing, report cards, and grades.”

DeLatte was born, raised and now lives in St. Rose with her husband and twin daughters.

LaSonn Porter, principal at Albert Cammon, said DeLatte is always willing to roll up her sleeves to assist everyone at the school.

“Dr. DeLatte takes initiative by involving herself in all facets of school life at ACM, both during the course of the school day and nighttime events,” Porter said. “Dr D. is a most respected, valued asset to our school as well as our district. She has heart for our pirates … knows each by name … our school, and her community of St. Rose. She possesses incredible work ethic and maintains a growth mindset at all times.”

DeLatte said her role at ACM has her working alongside teachers who once taught her.

“I was fortunate enough that when I was first employed at Harry Hurst my seventh grade science teacher Steven Guitterrez was the principal,” she said. “I’ve had some really great principals who I’ve worked for at Harry Hurst and Albert Cammon who have really showed me what it means to be a great leader, so I hope to follow in their footsteps one day. I love children, and as an assistant principal I really enjoy working alongside children.”

DeLatte said returning to ACM felt like returning home.

“That’s very characteristic of Albert Cammon,” she said. “It truly is a community school. I’m supporting students who I know … I know their parents and I know their families and it’s really been a special experience. I’m still learning so much in my role as assistant principal and I want to stay in this district and give back as much as I can.”


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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