March 3, 2017
March 3, 2017—Ann Melancon, assistant principal at Birkes Elementary School, was named the new principal for Copeland Elementary School on March 3. Melancon replaces Michelle Rice, who was named the incoming principal for Hoover Elementary School in January.
Melancon has 24 total years of experience in education, including 20 years in CFISD. Her career began as a teacher in Lafayette Parish, La., for four years before arriving in CFISD as a PPCD and ESL teacher for first-grade language arts at Metcalf Elementary School. She served in that capacity for four years before transferring to Kirk Elementary School as a Reading Recovery and reading enrichment teacher for four years. Melancon then moved to Sheridan Elementary School as a small group reading intervention (SGRI) and reading enrichment teacher for three years.
She moved into a district administrative role as a curriculum coach for the SGRI program and pre-K through first grades, serving as a coach on 36 campuses for three years. In 2011, she moved to her current position at Birkes. She also served as a summer school principal at Duryea in 2016.
Melancon earned her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her Master of Education in educational administration from Lamar University.
“I love Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had in this great district,” Melancon said. “I am thrilled and honored to be chosen to serve the Copeland family as principal and look forward to working with the awesome staff, students, parents and surrounding community in our continued pursuit of excellence.”