New principal meets parents, teachers
By Gini McKain
BREAUX BRIDGE – St. Bernard School will welcome a new principal next month.
Robin Couvillon taught in public schools in St. Bernard Parish before losing his home to Hurricane Katrina, and has been principal of Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Temple, Texas, for the past three years.
At a recent meet-and-greet held at the school, Couvillon said not only is he glad to be back in Louisiana, and in the region where his father’s family is from, but also to remain in parochial education.
“As true Catholic educators, teaching the whole student is important, not just giving them the academic tools, but teaching them the ethical, and moral aptitudes in their decision process – that is what Christian education is all about,” he said.
“It starts at the elementary school,” Couvillon said. “This is the foundation of the building of their lives for later learning, and decision-making. Catholic education is teaching the whole student centered around Jesus Christ’s teachings, as well.”
So many educators these days are strictly focused on teaching to the tests so the kids can pass to the next grade,” Couvillon said.
“I feel that we should teach kids the academics that they should know, and teach them the basics with a global view, and also the ethical and moral aspect,” he said. “Then the students will do really well on standardized tests.”
At his high school in Texas, the students score higher than the nation, state, and region or district in standardized test scores, Couvillon said.
“I want to look at St. Bernard Elementary as a high school prep-school,” he said. “We should train our students on what they need to know to be successful when they go on to STM, Teurlings, or any other high school. We want them to be shining stars because they are the ones that make St. Bernard look good.”
With the help of the staff, teachers, students, and parents, Couvillon is confident St. Bernard will be one of the shining stars in the Diocese of Lafayette.
“I will build on the school’s traditions and its successes so far,” he said. “As principal, I’m going to move the school forward to another level or different venue. There are a lot of private Christian schools out there that do similar things, but Catholic education is where I love to be, because I’m Catholic. And that is what it is all about.”
Couvillon and his wife, Lilly, have three children. The oldest son, Clifford, 21, goes to ULL. Andrew, 16, will be a sophomore at St. Thomas More High School. Angele, 13, will attend St. Bernard Catholic Elementary.