Faculty and Staff


Dr. SmithDr. Wade Smith

Dr. Wade Smith received his bachelor of education in chemistry and biology from Louisiana State University in 1978. He taught for 11 years in Livingston Parish and after finishing his M. Ed. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1985 became the principal of Denham Springs Junior High School from 1986-1999. Wade received his Ph.D. from LSU in 2000 and was appointed assistant professor of educational administration at Auburn University. Dr. Smith served in that position until 2002 until he was appointed Director of the Louisiana State University Laboratory School. Dr. Smith maintains an active research agenda focusing on self-efficacy, organizational structures and organizational leadership. He has numerous refereed publications and presentations. Wade has been married to Linda Smith for over 30 years and they are the parents of two daughters, Christie, and LeAnn.

Contact: smithwa@lsu.edu, (225)578-3223

Mr. RuscianoFrank Rusciano Jr.
Secondary Principal

Mr. Rusciano received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education and a master's degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. He then attended Louisiana State University to fulfill requirements for certification in Mathematics and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics.

Before coming to the Laboratory School, he was the assistant principal of instruction at Bishop Sullivan High School (now known as St. Michael's High School). At the Lab School Frank has taught math in grades 6 - 12 and presently serves as the Secondary Principal.

Contact: frusci1@lsu.edu, (225)578-6924

Mrs. BroussardMyra Broussard
Elementary Principal

Myra Dugas Broussard grew up in Baton Rouge and attended Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Upon graduating in 1983, she attended Louisiana State University where she received a degree in Secondary Math Education in 1987.

After teaching middle school math and English at Sulphur Middle School, 5th grade at St. John High School and standard level and honors level Geometry and Algebra II at Plaquemine High School and St. Amant High School, Myra began teaching at University High in 2000.

Continuing her education at LSU, Myra earned a masters degree in Education Administration in 2003. While at LSU Laboratory School she has taught Geometry, Algebra II and III and Advanced Math and Trigonometry.

Myra has 4 children and her husband, Coach Burke Broussard, is the assistant football coach at University High. After teaching for 18 years, Myra presently serves as the Elementary Principal.

Contact: mdugas7@lsu.edu, (225)578-9160

Matt Picou
Dean of Students

Matt Picou received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Southeastern University in 1993. He taught and coached in Livingston Parish for ten years. In 2004 Matt moved to University Laboratory School to teach physical education. He earned his Master's in Educational Leadership in 2006. While at University Laboratory School, Matt has worked and served as an instructor, basketball coach, golf coach and an associate athletic director. Matt also served as the Child Welfare and Attendance officer. Currently, Matt is the Lab School's Dean of Students.

Contact: mpicou3@lsu.edu, (225)578-6919