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Education & Social Science Graduates

Ginger Colvin Gustavson, M.Ed.

What I do now:
I am currently principal of Captain Shreve High School.

My work/job consists of:
I assist in providing growth opportunities for the students and staff of Captain Shreve High School. I have the privilege of collaborating with a talented team, and we work together to graduate students who are college and career ready.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I was a teacher for 14 years and then a high school counselor for 6 years. I was named principal of Shreve in September of 2015.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS because it is a quality school with an exemplary teacher education program.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I enjoyed the classes and playing on the first women's basketball team at LSUS. I also enjoyed attending LSUS at the same time as my brother and sister.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Lyle Cook, Dr. Stewart Mills & Dr. Pat Doerr

How LSUS helped me succeed:
The challenging curriculum that LSUS proudly offers prepared me for a fulfilling career in education. I appreciate the professors' willingness to help and support students throughout the process.

Advice to college-bound students:
Seize the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of the college experience!

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
If you dedicate yourself to meeting students where they are, and to providing opportunities for growth for them, you will be successful and fulfilled in the teaching profession.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Match your aptitude and interests with several careers and do additional research to ensure that you choose the best fit.

My toughest professional challenge:
I have learned over time in my career how important it is to have patience to see things come to fruition. I am an action-oriented person, so I have learned through experience that sustainable change in education takes not only expertise, but perseverance and a no-quit attitude. Sometimes we don't see results as quickly as I would like to in the education profession, so learning professional patience has been critical to my growth as an educator.

My toughest personal challenge:
My toughest challenge is the same as my utmost joy - the blessing of being a mother. I love both of my sons so much and enjoy motherhood to the fullest. They are 20 and 22 currently and I am still trying to be the best mother that I can be to them. At each stage of their growth, the process requires growth and new knowledge on my part as well. I continuously challenge myself to learn and progress so I can be the best mother possible for each of them.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Board of Directors, Captain Shreve Alumni
Board of Directors, Captain Shreve Academic Foundation
Board of Directors, Captain Shreve PTSA
Math Curriculum Supervisor for Caddo 2014-15
PTA Educator of Distinction at C.E. Byrd High School 2012-13
AdvancED Accreditation Certified Evaluator
Board of Directors, Shreveport Green

I've learned this from life:
Being grateful and persevering are two integral choices for living a fulfilled life.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Traveling with my family

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