Originally from Lake Charles, Winey has 20 years of experience in education. She began teaching in Ascension Parish in 2005 as a kindergarten teacher at Duplessis Primary. She was named Teacher of the Year at Duplessis in 2009. After teaching a couple of years at Dutchtown Primary, Winey returned to Duplessis as an instructional coach. In 2014, she moved to Gonzales Primary, where she served as a mentor teacher, master teacher, and assistant principal.
"I am very humbled by the opportunity to lead in a different capacity in Ascension Parish. I am very thankful to Ascension Public Schools for giving me the opportunity to work in so many different leadership capacities. Because of my ability to do so, I feel as though they have prepared me to serve in my new role," said Winey. "I am very thankful, humbled, and honored to serve as the very first principal of Sugar Mill Primary School."
She earned a bachelor's degree from McNeese State University, a master's degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a reading specialist certification from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. A National Board Certified Teacher, Winey is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Freeman grew up in Baton Rouge but moved to Ascension Parish in 2002. Since starting her teaching career in her home city, Freeman has gone on to teach throughout Ascension's schools. Her experience includes Galvez Primary, Central Primary, Sorrento Primary, and Donaldsonville Primary. Freeman has also worked as a Mentor Teacher and, most recently, as a Master Teacher.
“I am honored to serve in this position,” said Freeman. “I promise to work hard with all stakeholders, especially the parents and community of Sugar Mill Primary, to make great things happen.”
Freeman earned a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.