Lisa Thompson has been teaching for 28 years. Thompson began her teaching career in 1990 at Headstart in Mer Rouge. She taught at Headstart for seven years until 1997 when she became the first Pre-K teacher at Cherry Ridge Elementary in Bastrop.

For 19 years, Thompson taught at Cherry Ridge until recently when she moved to Pine Grove Elementary, where she is currently serving as a Pre-K teacher and our current “Teacher of the Year.”

“It is my privilege to be able to touch a child’s life and to do something I love — teaching,” Thompson said.

Donna Owens began in 2003 as a Room Mother followed by a year and a half of substitute teaching in Morehouse Parish schools. In 2006, she was hired on as a full-time Paraprofessional in the Transition Program and DIBELS for approximately nine years.

For the past few years, she has served and supported multiple grade levels in the main classrooms, provided support during the summer school program and this year during our after-school program as a Paraprofessional. Pine Grove Elementary is proud to announce that Owens is our 2017-2018 “Support Staff of the Year.”