The Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jade Calais has been appointed as principal of Youngsville Middle School and Ms. Renee Nunez has transitioned to principal of Carencro Middle School, following the retirement of Dr. Janet Guerrini.
Dr. Jade Calais
Principal of Youngsville Middle School
Dr. Jade Calais began her teaching career at Northside High School as a speech and drama instructor. She then spent nine impactful years at Acadiana High School, where she excelled as an English language arts and reading teacher and later as a school librarian. Her passion for literacy motivated her to work jointly with a brand-new staff, administration, and the Youngsville community to open Southside High School’s Media Academic Center (The M.A.C.), leaving her mark as the first ever librarian at SHS.
Transitioning to Broussard Middle School in 2018 as the instructional leader, Calais played a pivotal role in the school's exceptional growth, contributing to a notable 8.2-point increase in the school performance score over the past five years. Under her leadership, Broussard Middle School ascended from a C to a high B rating, earning recognition as a Comeback School by the state of Louisiana in 2022 and a 2023 Top Gains Honoree.
In 2020, Calais assumed the role of assistant principal at Broussard Middle School, showcasing her commitment to academic excellence and student success. Concurrently, she has been a dedicated adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Education and Human Development, shaping the next generation of educators.
Dr. Calais expresses her passion for serving others, emphasizing her love for the community of Youngsville. As she steps into her new role as principal, she looks forward to fostering collaborative relationships with various stakeholders, recognizing the collective effort required to make a lasting impact on the students in her community.
Ms. Renee Nunez
Principal of Carencro Middle School
Ms. Renee Langley Nunez has served the district for over 24 years both in and out of the classroom. After starting her career as a band director at New Iberia Senior High School, Nunez began her career in Lafayette Parish in 1998 as the band director at Youngsville Middle School and Comeaux High School.
She was then named assistant principal of Milton Elem/Middle School in 2008 and was appointed principal of Youngsville Middle School in 2014.
Nunez holds a bachelor's degree in music education from USL, a master's degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from UL-Lafayette.