Coach LaBella

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This semester at PRC, I teach Honors English 3 during 1st period (8:24-9:58 a.m. ), Athletic/Girls Basketball P.E. during 2nd period (10:28 a.m.-12:02 p.m. ), and Athletic/Softball P.E. during 4th period (2:16-3:50 p.m.)

R&R each day is from 10:03 a.m. - 10:23 a.m. The schedule for R&R is as follows: 1st period, Monday; 2nd period, Tuesday; 3rd period, Wednesday; 4th period, Thursday; Advisory, Friday.

FIRST SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, October, 10 : 3rd and 4th periods

Wednesday, October 11: 1st and 2nd periods


Tuesday, December 19: 3rd and 4th periods

Wednesday, December 20: 1st and 2nd periods

RESPONSIBILITIES AT PRC:

In addition to teaching Honors English 3 and Athletic P.E., I am also the head girls basketball coach and head softball coach. I am proud of all the players and other coaches who help make our teams determined, loyal, and competitive. Girls basketball games begin on November 2, and the MHSAA state playoffs begin on February 19. Softball contests begin with the Lady Devil Jamboree on February 17, and the MHSAA state playoffs begin on April 20. Both the girls basketball and softball programs feature Junior-High, Junior-Varsity, and Varsity squads. The Softball team will be seeking its fifth consecutive district title when it faces Hattiesburg, North Pike, and Picayune in the spring.

I also moderate the Animal Care Club at PRC. I have long had a passion for animal rescue and am proud to have rescued many dogs from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and Chalmette, La., in the days after Hurricane Katrina. I like the saying, "There is no such thing as just a dog." I am currently the caretaker of three wonderful dogs - Moolie, a small, squatty mixed breed who approached me in my car at a basketball tournament in Westwego, La., many years ago; Roxie, a mixed breed whom I found in Picayune in 2008 when she was just three months old and had mercilessly been cut/scraped all the way down her back to create an open wound in an attempt to make her a "bait dog" by some awful person; and Bully - named after Mississippi State's mascot - a mixed breed whom I found wandering aimlessly on Westbound I-10 near the Michoud exit in New Orleans after he had been dumped by another miscreant. With increased membership and solid leadership, I am hoping that PRC's Animal Care Club can do great things this year and make a difference helping the Pearl River County SPCA and other animal-advocacy groups with worthy causes.

TEACHER CREDENTIALS:

  • 1986 - graduate of Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La. (Class Valedictorian and "Outstanding Graduate")
  • 1990 - graduate of Loyola (New Orleans) University, with honors ("Print Journalism" Major and "Sociology" Minor)
  • 1997 - completed Alternate Teacher Certification program at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans

Before deciding to get into teaching and coaching, I was a staff sportswriter for The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune newspaper for four years.

I have 23 years of teaching and coaching experience at the high-school level, including more than four years at PRC. My previous stops as a teacher were Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, La.), Cabrini High School (New Orleans, La.), Chalmette (Louisiana) High School, and Belle Chasse (Louisiana) High School. During my teaching career, I have been fortunate to work with countless scholars and standout athletes. At various points in my career, I have taught 8th-grade English, English I, English II, English II-Honors, English III, English III-Honors, Journalism, and Athletic P.E. I have worked in several high-performing school districts and am proud now to be at another great school that has high academic expectations and a wonderful principal. I know that we are all working to make our award-winning high school even better!

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

I have a seemingly strange variety of hobbies and interests. Among them are rescuing/helping animals and fighting for animal-rights causes, reading and watching "True Crime" stories, following college sports, especially in the Southeastern Conference, watching many hours of film to help our school's girls basketball team be successful, riding roller coasters (though I am petrified to fly in an airplane), discussing current and political events, reading about the weather (one spring I want to go storm-chasing in Tornado Alley), listening to country music, especially Carrie Underwood, and hanging out with family, friends, or my dogs.


DISLIKES:

I am a pretty easy-going person. But there are some things that drive me crazy. They include...

  • excuses
  • those who mistreat the young, the elderly, or animals
  • people who are not appreciative of our great country and choose to disrespect it
  • mean or arrogant people
  • flying
  • losing close games

MISC./CONTACT INFORMATION:

I will do whatever it takes for our students to excel and enjoy their experiences at PRC. I feel that I have a solid rapport with our students, and I am willing to go the extra mile, especially if the student is working hard and putting in a good effort. Although I was born and raised on the West Bank of New Orleans, I have lived in Carriere since 2003 and really enjoy life in this area. Feel free to contact me at any time at alabella@prc.k12.ms.us, and I will reply as quickly as possible!