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Ernest Gallet Elementary

Ms. Monique Chargois - Principal


  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisiana Lafayette, 2002
  • Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, University of Louisiana Lafayette 1997 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, University of Louisiana Lafayette, 1995 
  • Vermilion Catholic High School, 1992

Educational Experience

  • 2014-Present--Principal--Ernest Gallet Elementary 
  • 2008-2014--Principal--Lafayette Middle School 
  • 2004-2008--Assistant Principal--Lafayette Middle School 
  • 2002-2004--Assistant Principal--Paul Breaux Middle School 
  • 1999-2002--3rd grade teacher--Ernest Gallet Elementary
  • 1995-1999--3rd grade teacher--Ridge Elementary 

About Me

I am married to Kevin Chargois. We have 6 children. Madison Magee is 19 years old. She is attending the University of Louisiana Lafayette and is majoring in Education. Bailee Magee is 16 years old. She is a Junior at Early College Academy. Kevin (Vin) Chargois Jr. is 5 years old. Jace Chargois, 30 years old, Hunter Chargois, 28 years old, and Kami Chargois, 23 years old. We have 1 grandchild, Kamille Chargois and she is 3.


I love taking pictures. 

Interesting fact: 

I co-authored a book How the Best Teachers Differentiate Instruction.

Ms. Danika Richard -  Acting Assistant Principal


  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership, University of Louisiana At Lafayette, 2023
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Health & Physical Education K-12, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016 
  • Lafayette Parish School System Leadership Institute, 2023
  • Louisiana Mentor Teacher, 2020
  • High School Diploma, Lafayette High School, 2006



Educational Experience

  • Acting Assistant Principal - Ernest Gallet Elementary - Present
  • Health & Physical Education Teacher - Ernest Gallet Elementary - 2016-2024


About Me

I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and enjoy all things in our sportsman's paradise! I graduated from UL Lafayette in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology Health & Physical Education and have been teaching PE at Ernest Gallet since. Recently, I obtained a Master of Education in Educational Leadership at UL Lafayette. Go Cajuns! If I am not teaching at Ernest Gallet, I enjoy making memories with family and friends. Some of my favorite things to do are watching sports games, spending time outdoors, cooking and traveling. I am honored to be named Acting Assistant Principal at Ernest Gallet! I look forward to growing and strengthening this amazing school and community of ours!

Ms. Charmaine Bahalwan - Instructional Leader


  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education
  • Specialist certification, Bilingual specialist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Specialist certification, Technology specialist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • High School Diploma, Adali E. Stevenson High School

Educational Experience:

  • Lafayette Parish School System: Ernest Gallet Elementary
  • Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy
  • Lafayette Parish School System:  Westside Elementary, District Math Planning team

About Me:

I am from Lincolnshire, Illinois. I joined the Marines in 2000 and completed one tour in the Iraq war. In 2004 I moved to Youngsville, Louisiana after my time in the Marines. I attended University of Louisiana where I Graduated in 3 years with my degree in Early CHildhood education, specialist in bilingual education and specialist in technology. I Went back for my Masters in curriculum and instruction in 2016 where I graduated with honors. I began working at Westside elementary until 2012.I worked on the district math  I left the parish and worked at Acadiana Renaissance Charter academy as a Kindergarten teacher, team lead and Mentor teacher. I am excited to join the amazing staff at Ernest Gallet Elementary as the instructional leader. I have twin daughters that are freshman and dance competitively. In my pastime, I enjoy spending time with family and friends relaxing on the patio, baking, hiking and cheering on my girls at all the dance competitions.


Upcoming Events


5th Grade Field Trip

All Day Event


MTSS LEAP Year Theme

All Day Event

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