Mouton named principal of Barkdull Faulk Elementary

Barkdull Faulk Elementary has a new principal. This week, Superintendent Brent Vidrine placed Cleveland Mouton III, a graduate of ULM and member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, in the principal position. He replaces Robert Johnson, who was moved to head the school system’s transportation department.

Although he’s only 28-years-old, Mouton’s list of educational accomplishments are very impressive. He’s been an educator for six years. Three of those years he was recognized as Teacher of the Year. A native of Los Angeles, California, Mouton completed his high school years at Huntington High School in Shreveport with the Class of 2007. He matriculated at the University of Louisiana at Monroe earning three degrees. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and he also holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Curriculum and Instruction and one in Administration and Supervision.

He taught for one year at Jefferson Upper Elementary School, three years at Cypress Point University Elementary School, and has been an educator in the Fort Bend Independent School District in Houston, TX since. For the past year he was a Master Teacher at a turnaround school in Missouri City,TX, where through his efforts was able to bring a low performance school out of corrective action. For his success in the classroom, he was the Teacher of the Year at Cypress Point, Teacher of the Year at Quail Valley Elementary, and District Teacher of the Year at FBISD.

Mouton told the Free Press that he wants a stellar education for his students at Barkdull Faulk this year.

“I want to provide a stellar education for all my students. I want them to be inspired to dream,” he said. He said that there may be challenges as a new principal but he believes in parent and community involvement as a key to meeting those challenges.

He said that just because he’s not in the classroom anymore, he is no less a teacher.

“I’m still a teacher. It’s all about the kids whether I’m in a classroom or here in the principal’s office,” Mouton said.

Mouton says that he wants to provide a workplace that teachers can come to and work with positive atmosphere, one with uplift. However, he expects them to give the kids their best effort.

“I expect them to come in everyday and give their best to the students. Every decision we make is to make our students a success,” he said.

He may be a young educator, but Mr. Mouton is educated, certified, experienced, and is fired up to deliver his best to the students at Barkdull Faulk Elementary and the surrounding community.

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