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Principal Shanetra Addae

Shanetra Addae began her career in education as a sixth grade math teacher. Prior to coming to Laurel in August 2014, she worked as a sixth grade math teacher and second grade math teacher. While in the Laurel School District she has served as a third grade teacher and instructional facilitator. She previously served an assistant principal at Oak Park Elementary School.

She received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Mississippi State University, Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from Ashford University and specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

“I love being able to inspire and encourage students to reach their highest potential.”

Assistant Principal Dr. Kathleen Canavin 

Dr. Kathleen Canavin currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Laurel Upper Elementary School (LUE). Her first job in education was as a First Grade Teacher at Nora Davis Magnet School, where she dedicated six years of service. Following that, she worked as a 3rd Grade Teacher at LMSA for one year and also served as the Reading Foundations Chair at LMSA. Dr. Canavin embarked on her career in Laurel in August 2016, accumulating a total of seven years of experience in education. She holds an Undergraduate degree in Dual Elementary & Special Education, a Masters in Dyslexia Therapy & Gifted Studies, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration, all from The University of Southern Mississippi.

"Education has played a significant role in shaping who I am today. Teachers who recognized my individuality and invested in me have inspired my desire to do the same for my students. The ability to see each student as a unique individual and support their growth is what I cherish most. Understanding their passions and dreams and helping them realize their potential is what motivates me in this profession."

Quote: "Every child deserves a CHAMPION—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson