A Morehouse Parish educator has been named the new Principal of Prairie View Academy.
Dale Bishop, long-time teacher and principal with the Morehouse Parish School Board, took over the leadership reins of PVA June 18.

"I found out at 9 p.m. last night [June 17] that I was hired in the role of Principal and started work this morning at 8 a.m.," Bishop said.

That sort of work ethic is not something new for Bishop, who is a former Bonita Elementary School and Oak Hill Elementary School Principal. When she began at Oak Hill, Bishop said she would work 12 to 14 hour days getting the school ready for her students and staff.

"After school started, I just worked 10 hour days," Bishop said.

Bishop began her educational career at the age of 26 as a teacher. She then became a Title 1 Resource teacher before becoming a principal. She has 33 years of experience with the Morehouse Parish School Board, 19 of which were in the role of principal. Having been retired for six years, Bishop has traveled the country on the back of a Gold Wing motorcycle with her husband.

"We have been to all but eight of the lower 48 states on the motorcycle and I just loved it," Bishop said.

"I wasn't looking for a job when the board called and asked me to come in for an interview, but after talking to my husband, my pastor and praying, I felt like if it was God's will they would offer me the job, " Bishop continued. "I plan on hitting the ground running, familiarizing myself with the secondary curriculum and looking at what is already working as well as what things need a little tweaking."

Prairie View Academy was founded in 1970 with the Principals of quality education with Christian standards.

Those same qualities still hold true at PVA. Students attending the school are able to learn in a small-class atmosphere where teachers are able to spend one-on-one time with each learner on an individual basis. The school has a history of high achievers in both the academic and athletic fields, with former students going on to become lawyers, doctors and business owners as well as those who continued their athletic careers in various sports on the college level.

"Teaching the whole student is more than a motto for our school," Chesslye Sanford, board member said. "It is what we actually do. We do focus on the importance of academics, but we also focus on teaching the child to be productive members of society and accountability."

With nearly 400 years of combined teaching experience, PVA offers classes for students entering pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, with smart boards and computers in each classroom. The school also offers duel enrollment courses, AP classes, Spanish I and II, Art I and II and an ACT prep course for high school students and follow the A Beka program in the elementary department. As a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, PVA competes against area schools in softball, football, baseball, basketball, track, cheerleading and dance on the junior and senior high school levels and in elementary travel softball, baseball, basketball and tackle football as well as cheerleading. They also offer intramural basketball for lower elementary students as well as the TOTS basketball program.

The 2013 senior class garnered approximately $250,000 in scholarships and 95 percent plan to continue their education through college or a trade school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national or ethnic origin.

Enrollment for the upcoming school year at PVA is underway and will continue through the summer. For more information about the school or programs offered, call 281.7044.