Cherie Labat, Ph.D
Affiliated Faculty Member for the Educational Leadership and School Counseling Department
Cherie Antoinette Washington-Labat is a school principal at Bay Waveland Middle School where she has focused on academic achievement, school culture, school to community relationships, curriculum and instruction planning and implementation, student/teacher relationships, STEM, school transformation and building a capacity for student leadership for the past decade. She is has been a school educator for over 17 years serving as a teacher, coach, adjunct faculty, assistant dean, vocational director, assistant principal and principal. She was designated administrator of the year in 2012. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Labat worked for, Abbott Laboratories, Kemper National Insurance Company, and is currently co-owner of Labat Properties, LLC.
She currently serves as a board member for Mississippi School for Math and Science, Hancock Community Development Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
RESEARCH INTERESTS and PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS:
McKinney, C., Labat, M., & Labat, C. (in press). Traits possessed by principals who transform school culture in national blue ribbon schools. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal (AELJ).
Thibodeaux, A., Labat, M., Lee, D., Labat, C. (in press). The effects of leadership and high-stakes testing on teacher retention. The Academy of Educational Leadership Journal (AELJ). (21-30% acceptance rate) (30% contribution)
Hansen, J., Labat, M., & Labat, C. (2014). Relationship between teacher perception of positive behavior interventions support and the implementation process. Delta Journal of Education (DJE)
Labat, M.B., Whitehead, U., & Labat, C. (2012). Is School Culture The X Factor In Teacher Retention? Journal of Teaching, Learning, and Research in Educational Leadership Vol. 2 Issue 1
Eadens, D.W., Labat, M.B., Eadens, D. & Labat, C. (In progress). Principal's perceptions of changes in school safety. Manuscript to be submitted for publication.
Labat, C. (2003). The Effects of School Uniforms on Attendance and Discipline Among Schools With and Without Mandatory School Uniform Policies. The University of Southern Mississippi.
Labat, M. & Labat, C. (2015). Creating systems of success for students. 39th Annual Juvenile Justice Symposium. Biloxi, MS
McKinney, C., Labat, M., & Labat, C. (2014). Traits possessed by principals who transform school culture in national blue ribbon schools. Allied Academies International Internet Conference, Vol. 16, No. 1
Thibodeaux, A., Labat, M., Lee, D., Labat, C. (2014). The effects of leadership and high-stakes testing on teacher retention. Allied Academies International Internet Conference, Vol. 16, No. 1
Labat, M., Whitehead, U., & Labat, C. (2012). Is School Culture The X Factor In Teacher Retention? What Administrators must do to retain effective teachers. Academy of Educational Leadership Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
Labat, M. and Labat, C. (2012). The 21st Century Principal, School Culture, and High Expectations. Mississippi Association of School Administrators Conference. Jackson, MS
PROFESSIONAL HONORS and ACTIVITIES:
President of the Board for the Mississippi School of Math and Science
President of the Hancock County Community Development Foundation (2015)
Keynote Speaker Mississippi Juvenile Justice Conference
University of Mississippi 2nd Annual STEM Conference Panelist (2014)
Hancock County Top Citizen of Year 2014
Harvard Leadership Institute (Urban School Leaders 2008)
Harvard Leadership Institute (The Art of Leadership 2006)
Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA)
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Association for Supervision Curriculum Development (ASCD)