MEET YOUR ADMINISTRATION AND TEACHERS

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Lorna Bankston Ott
Director of Livingston Virtual

Lorna grew up in Watson and is very proud of her Livingston Parish roots.  She is married and has two sons and four grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, especially playing with her grandchildren.  She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.  She attended all 12 years of school at Live Oak High School.  She graduated from LSU in Secondary Education and was hired to teach English and Speech at Live Oak High School.  She was in the classroom for 9 years before she moved to the Guidance Office where she remained until retiring in 2017 to care for her husband and parents. She became a return to work retiree, because of the opportunity to coordinate digital resources for the parish’s curriculum department.  She is excited about Livingston Virtual, the parish’s first full-time, online learning program.  She has a deep love for Livingston Parish and its school system.  She is passionate about education and providing students with every academic option available to them that will enhance their futures in this ever-changing global society.

Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling plus 30 hours in Educational Leadership

Education

Certification

English

Social Studies

Speech

Guidance

Years Teaching Experience

36 years

Erik Peterson
Assistant Director 
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Bachelor of Science in Education

Education

Karen J. Deel
Teacher

Karen has been married for 28 years and has two children, ages 25 and 26.  She graduated from Denham Springs High School and had the privilege of living in Alaska, Mississippi, Virginia, and Maine working in the private sector as a Lab Technician before moving back to Louisiana. She attended LSU for two years and then transferred and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has taught 6th-8th grade ELA for 12 years in Livingston Parish at Southside Junior High and North Corbin Junior High. She enjoys camping, traveling, fishing, and crabbing.  She also enjoys playing the piano and learning about all the newest and greatest technological innovations! She is excited to be part of Livingston Virtual and is looking forward to teaching her students. 

Certification

English

Years Teaching Experience

12 Years

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Merileen R. Dupepé
Teacher
Merileen was raised in Holden and received her high school diploma from Holden High School. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University for her undergraduate and graduate studies. She worked as an accountant for 12 years before becoming a teacher. She has taught Math and Business classes throughout her 18 year career at Ponchatoula High, Denham Springs High, and Holden School. She has been married for 27 years and has one son. She enjoys camping, riding horses, and spending quality time with family. She is looking forward to teaching virtually!

 
Masters in Business Administration
Teaching Certification

Education

Certification

Mathematics
Business Education

Years Teaching Experience

18 Years

Danielle Millitello
Teacher

Danielle is from Watson and graduated from Live Oak High School. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University for undergraduate studies. She worked as a substitute during and after college and taught for 2 years at Denham Springs High School before moving to Livingston Virtual.  She loves to travel and read and can often be found playing bass at Live Oak Church on Sunday mornings.

Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Education

Certification

Social Studies, General Science, Chemistry

Years Teaching Experience

3 Years

Ruth Joiner
Teacher


Ruthie is originally from Watson and graduated from Live Oak High School. She attended LSU for undergraduate studies and Liberty University for graduate studies.   She has taught middle and high school science and Agriscience throughout her 23-year career. She has been married for 29 years and has 2 sons.  She enjoys reading, camping, riding horses, and gardening.

Education

Bachelor of Science: Vocational Agriculture

Master of Education: Teaching and Learning: Leadership

Certification

Biology, General Science, Agriscience

Years Teaching Experience

Years Teaching Experience

23 Years

Katherine Price
Teacher

Katherine “Katy” Price was born in Metairie, LA and raised in Mandeville, LA. She received her high school diploma from Mandeville High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is highly qualified in middle school Social Studies and has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for 20 years (15 years at Live Oak Middle and Junior High). She enjoys traveling to historic sites, reading historical fiction, and spending time with friends and family. She has traveled to 27 of the 50 states and four foreign countries. She has been married for 20 years, has two sons, and a dog.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education

Certification

Elementary/ Social Studies Grades 1-8

Years Teaching Experience

20 Years

Education

Master of Arts in general psychology, Bachelor of Science in psychology and history

Reese Myers
Facilitator


Reece was raised in Walker and Watson and graduated from Walker High School, where he was captain of the soccer and cross country teams. He attended Tulane University for his undergraduate studies in psychology and history and Southeastern Louisiana University for his graduate studies in psychology. While attending SELU, Reece worked as a substitute teacher, RTI tutor, and cross country and track coach for Live Oak Junior High. Before joining Livingston Virtual, he was a civics teacher and cross country coach at Walker High school and a homebound instructor. During his summers, Reece rewires computer charging carts and reimages computers for the technology department. He enjoys soccer, world building, and board games. Reece is a firm believer in virtual campuses and is excited to be a part of Livingston Virtual.

Certification

Years Teaching Experience

Social Studies

Years Teaching Experience

3 Years