Welsh Elementary

Carolyn Hayes » Biography


I knew at an early age I wanted to be a teacher. So after I graduated from Welsh High in 1966, I entered McNeese University in Early Childhood Education. I got my BA in 1970 and then continued on to get my Masters in Administration and Supervision in 1972. I started my teaching career right here at Welsh Elementary in 1972. My first position was a sixth grade class( that was before sixth graders had to go to WAR). The next year I had my first child and decided to stay home with him for a couple years. In 1974 I was asked to teach junior high at Jeff Davis Academy. After three years of teaching, I was then asked to become principal. Those six years prepared me for the days ahead. In 1985, I came back to public education as a third grade teacher for eight years. I loved the classroom and wanted to learn how to handle at risk students so I went back to McNeese and got my Plus 30 in counseling. Talk about being at the right place at the the right time--the next year the state wanted a counselor in all elementary schools. I served as school counselor for eight years --trying to solve the world's problems and loving every minute of it. In 2000 the position of Assistant Principal came open, I applied and 15 years later I still serve Welsh Elementary in that capacity. As you can see, Welsh Elementary has played a major part of my adult life. Great memories and relationships have been made through the years at WES.