Michael Coburn graduated from Northeast Louisiana University, currently known as University of Louisiana Monroe, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education as well as his Master of Education in Administrative Supervision. His career in coaching and teaching began in 1977 at Holy Cross School in New Orleans. Then in 1980, he joined East St. John High School in Reserve, La. coaching football and wrestling. He soon became the Head Football coach and Athletic Director. In 1987, he moved into administration as the principal of East St. John High. In 1993, Mr. Coburn move to the school board office as Director of Food Service, Maintenance and Transportation. In 1995, he became the Chief Administrative Officer of the school board. He served as principal of Garyville Magnet for four years before being named St. John Parish School Superintendent serving for 7 years. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Director of School and Community Support Program for the Louisiana Department of Education. Beginning in 2014, he began working for St. John Parish Government starting out in Emergency Preparedness and then moving to the position of Chief Administrative Officer He had a brief stint at Evonik Stockhausen in Garyville before being name Principal of Riverside Academy in December 2016. Mr. Coburn’s love for educating our youth makes him the perfect fit for Riverside Academy.
Cheree Gomez is the Assistant Principal of Riverside Academy’s Elementary. In 2006 she earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. From there, she furthered her education at Southeastern LA University receiving a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration- and earned a LA Principal’s License. She taught for 10 years in the public, parochial, and private school systems- as she has a passion for teaching, learning, and a heart for children. St. John Parish has always been her home, and it is where she currently resides with her husband and son.
Coy Boé joins the Riverside family after 16 years of teaching math and French at several area schools and 16 years of guidance counseling at East St. John High. After 32 years of experience, he just recently retired from St. John the Baptist Parish Public School System and is looking forward to a new chapter here at Riverside.
Kristen Roussel returns to Riverside Academy from Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge, where she currently resides. She is a 2009 Riverside alumna and former member of the Marching Pride of Riverside. Kristen could not be more thrilled to be a Rebel again and serve the students of RA! She is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she earned a B.S. in Child and Family Services and was a member of the LSU Colorguard in the Golden Band from Tigerland. She is excited to yet again be a part of the family that makes Riverside a truly special place to call “home”.
Leslie Reed, a Little Rock native, graduated in 2011 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a Minor in Photography. After college, she began work in Minor League Baseball as the Community Relations Director for the Arkansas Travelers Double-A affiliate of the LA Angels. She served as Project Coordinator at Archway Graphic Designs before moving to Reserve in 2014. Leslie turned her focus to photography and joined Romaguera Photography where she earned a national degree as Certified Professional Photographer. She is excited to now be a part of Riverside Academy and looks forward to another school year.
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