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MORGAN CITY, La. – Hattie Watts Elementary Principal Niki Fryou was named the 2013 Louisiana Elementary School Principal of the Year July 20 during the sixth annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration in Baton Rouge.
According to an article published in The Daily Review, Hattie Watts was selected as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School during the last school year for being a high-performing school with at least a 40 percent disadvantaged population. The school held a B-rating, and was one of only 305 in the nation chosen.
“It is an honor to be named the Elementary Principal of the Year for the state of Louisiana. I must give credit where credit is due. This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without three key pieces: the hard work and dedication of an amazing faculty and staff, commitment to excel from the majority of our students and the loving and caring support of our parents and community,” Fryou told The Daily Review.
In 2006, Fryou was assigned to Hattie Watts as the assistant principal. One year later, she moved into the role of principal.
She is the daughter of Kay Seibert and Clarence Pannett of Tell City and the late Bert Seibert.
She is also the granddaughter of Alice Pannett of Tell City. Fryou is a 1987 graduate of Tell City High School and a 1991 graduate of Ball State University.