ULS Director Search

Finalists for the Director Position

Jeremy CouvillionMr. Jeremy Couvillion

Mr. Jeremy Couvillion has been committed to enhancing the educational quality for students in Louisiana for almost 18 years.  Mr. Couvillion earned a degree in Elementary Education and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University (LSU)in Baton Rouge.  He has created and implemented innovative programs at the school and district levels that have reduced attendance and behavioral issues, increased test scores, improved student and employee morale, and solidified community trust.

A teacher, assistant principal, and principal for 15 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Mr. Couvillion was named 2017 East Baton Rouge Parish Middle School Principal of the Year. for his efforts in leading Westdale Middle School, the largest middle school in the parish (950-plus students), to the highest state performance score growth of any school in the district - moving the school from a C performance grade to a B. This achievement and community work also led to him being named in Baton Rouge Business Report’s “40 under 40.”

In 2018, Mr. Couvillion took on the role of Superintendent of Assumption Parish School System.  Under his leadership, Assumption Parish Schools showed significant growth in their overall district performance score, earned several honors for LA Blue Ribbon Schools, and improved Assumption High School from a B to an A rated school.  He also managed the resolution of a significant budget deficit that led the district to financial stability.

As Superintendent, Mr. Couvillion built strong relationships with regional superintendents, LASB, LA Department of Education key administrators, and the State Superintendent.  He was also elected by his peers as the President of the South Central Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, which includes 12 parishes in the region.  In 2019, Mr. Couvillion was selected to participate in the District Administrator Leadership Institute’s Superintendent Summit, a nationwide cohort of elite K-12 District Superintendents who research insights and trends impacting public education.

Mr. Couvillion has called Baton Rouge home for the past 23 years, where he and with his wife Johanna are raising three daughters, Maria, Madeline, and Julia. The family is also engaged in ministries at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.  When not spending time with his family, he is an active member of the community as a board member and organizer of Clash of Cooks - Jambalaya Showdown, which raises money for families battling cancer, and other charitable organizations.

Kevin GeorgeMr. Kevin George

Kevin R. George has over 21 years of experience in education as a Chief Executive Officer of a Charter Management Organization, Superintendent of a Public School System, Louisiana Department of Education official, district level supervisor, principal, assistant principal and teacher. He currently serves as the Chief School Accountability Officer for NOLA Public Schools in New Orleans, LA.

While serving in these positions, Mr. George has been appointed to several statewide committees including the influential Superintendents’ Advisory Council, the Advisory Council of Student Behavior and Discipline and the Alternative Education Study Group. He chaired the Commission on Assessment Review and Use in Public Schools and was nationally recognized as the 2016 VH1 Save the Music Foundation Superintendent of the Year.

At Nicholls State University, Mr. George earned two Bachelor degrees and earned a Master’s degree while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. He was inducted into the honorary fraternity of Phi Kappa Phi, Inc. for his academic achievements. Mr. George is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans.

Mr. George was also selected to participate in the Southern Education Foundation’s Racial Equity Leadership Network, a two-year fellowship that helps school system leaders develop their leadership and accelerate their impact on behalf of the students and families they serve. He has presented at national conferences on topics such as equitable outcomes for all students and building systems to support teaching and learning.

Mr. George currently resides in Thibodaux, LA, and is married with a son in the Air Force, a daughter in graduate school at LSU and another daughter in high school.

Paul MantheiDr. Paul Manthei

Since January, Dr. Paul Manthei has been serving as the Interim Superintendent at the University Laboratory School (ULS).  Prior to assuming the interim position at ULS, Dr. Manthei was serving in the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) Dean’s Office as the Director of Logistics for Online Programs & Continuing Education Partnerships.  In that position, he has been responsible for providing college-wide leadership in the development and implementation of the college’s entire portfolio of academic programs offered via distance learning modalities, as well as the college’s extensive offerings of professional education and lifelong learning opportunities in coordination with the LSU division of Online and Continuing Education. 

As an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Education, Dr. Manthei taught various courses in teacher preparation, academic advising, higher education administration, and academic strategies for students transitioning to college.  After several years working in the field of teacher preparation as a University Supervisor for Clinical Experiences, he was the Interim Coordinator for the Office of Field Experiences, before transitioning to an administrative role for the CHSE School of Education.  Past duties in the School of Education included various responsibilities as Assistant to the Director for the School of Education, including serving as the Title II Coordinator for the School of Education, a lead author for the School of Education’s CAEP accreditation, and as Coordinator for both the Online M.A. in Higher Education Administration and the Online M.A. in Educational Technology Programs.

Prior to beginning his academic career at LSU, Dr. Manthei taught Secondary English at both the middle and high school level, including five years as the 8th grade Reading & Writing Workshop instructor at ULS.  Dr. Manthei left ULS to pursue his PhD in Educational Leadership & Research at LSU.  His dissertation examined the factors contributing to the academic success of Black male students pursuing advanced degrees at predominantly White institutions.  Dr. Manthei is interested in issues that examine race, culture, and social justice in education.  His research interests include student success, ethics in education, critical theory, policy and leadership in education, higher education, and student retention.

Dr. Sharmayne RutledgeDr. Sharmayne Rutledge

For 20 years, Sharmayne Rutledge, Ph.D. has transformed the lives of students through high-quality education.  She has filled every role that impacts students, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, principal supervisor, and district administrator.  Her accolades are numerous. The state of Louisiana recognized Dr. Rutledge as Louisiana Principal of the Year, semi-finalist, and finalist.  She has been celebrated for having increased School Performance Scores of 80% of the schools she managed.  She has also been awarded many grants and resources because of her vision and commitment that all learners – regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, school setting, learning style, or special needs –receive a high-quality learning. 

Currently, Sharmayne Rutledge, Ph.D. has served as an Executive Director for School Leadership with East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS).  She currently leads the Office of Teaching and Learning, which includes setting the vision and managing implementation for curriculum and instruction, professional development, and technology integration.

Previously, Dr. Rutledge supervised traditional and magnet school principals resulting in over 80% of schools increasing their School Performance Score.  As an inclusive leader who creates leadership opportunities, recently, Dr. Rutledge has worked with internal and external stakeholders to transition the district’s learning from brick and mortar to virtual learning during COVID-19. She has strong relationships with the State Department of Education as she works with them to ensure compliance with state initiatives.

Dr. Rutledge attended Southern University (2000 and 2002), Northcentral University (2016), and received her Doctorate of Philosophy from Louisiana State University (2016) with a research focus on, “What Do Teachers Know About Differentiated Instruction”.

Dr. Rutledge was born in Panama. She enjoys mentoring and traveling. She is a member of True Vine Baptist Church where she has been a Sunday School teacher for 20 years.  Dr. Sharmayne L. Raby-Rutledge is happily married to Attorney Domoine D. Rutledge and together they have two sons, Darren and Dillon Rutledge.