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Meet the Principals

Effectively leading a student body and a full staff of teachers is no small feat - which is why we have hand-picked four outstanding principals for our campuses with strong backgrounds in educational leadership and an unwavering faith in Christ to guide Westminster into the future. Our mission is to assist parents in educating their children by imparting God's truth to transform society in present and future generations. To accomplish this with every student, every day, our principals are involved in campus activities and are dedicated to advancing our school, teachers and students academically, professionally and spiritually. 
 

Lafayette Upper School Principal - Dr. Donald Thornton

Dr. Donald Thornton, Jr., Ed.D. - Westminster Lafayette Upper School Principal
 
Dr. Donald Thornton’s university training began with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Northwestern State. He went on to earn his master’s degree in education and a doctorate in educational leadership, both from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Seeking to increase his personal Bible training, Dr. Thornton has completed a two-year certification through the Auxano Bible Institute. A passionate educator with a heart to serve, Dr. Thornton serves on the administration at Our Savior’s College, as an adjunct instructor at UL Lafayette and as a group leader at his church.
 
 
 

Lafayette Elementary Principal - Susan Keller

Mrs. Susan Keller - Westminster Lafayette Elementary Principal & Preschool Director
Mrs. Susan Keller developed a love for teaching in her earliest years, playing school with her dolls and coercing her brothers to be her students. She later went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in early childhood education. Upon graduation, her career took a turn and she entered the insurance industry, earned her CPCU designation, and became a licensed agent in New Orleans, where she managed an independent insurance agency for 15 years. Her career with WCA began in 2000 when a job transfer brought her husband and family to Lafayette. During her 14 years as a fourth grade teacher at WCA, she earned 250+ hours of professional development hours in math, science, Bible and computer science, a track of development that still continues today.
 
While serving as Principal, Mrs. Keller is currently earning her masters degree in Discipleship from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Her passion for discipling others has put her on the road on numerous mission trips. She is currently serving as a leader in the adult, children and youth education programs of her church, a journey which is entering its 20th year.

Opelousas Upper School Principal - Anne Silburn

Ms. Anne Silburn - Westminster Opelousas Upper School Principal
 
Anne Silburn spent her early years in Acadiana and began her higher education journey at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, going on to complete her bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Houston. After years in the corporate sector, God called her to education after September 11th – planting the seed in her heart that there was more to life than sitting behind a desk. Ms. Silburn went on to earn a Masters of Education from the University of Houston, and mastered her ability to lead staff, inspire students, and support families as principal of various divisions at Houston’s First Baptist Academy.
 
 

Opelousas Elementary Principal - Dr. Sarah Mielke

Dr. Sarah Mielke - Westminster Opelousas Elementary Principal
 
Dr. Sarah Mielke studied music in her bachelor’s program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and went on to earn her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regent University. She later earned her doctorate in Education Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. A busy mother of three precious children, Dr. Mielke’s professional experience ranges from serving on staff at Southern Seminary and Missouri Baptist University to developing teachers and students over the last seven years in PreK through 12th grade school administration.
 
 
 

Opelousas Preschool Director - Sonya Galloway

Opelousas Preschool Director - Sonya Galloway
Mrs. Sonya Galloway began her Westminster Christian Academy career as a K5 teacher. After spending three years in the classroom, in 2016 she transitioned to the role of Preschool Director. When it comes to her students, she is most passionate about lifting little faces to behold Jesus. When it comes to the parents she serves, it is her heart’s desire that the preschool acts as a resource to assist them in their primary role of discipleship – helping parents teach their little ones to trust and obey the parents they CAN see, so that one day they will CHOOSE to trust and obey the Father they can’t see. And when it comes to her teachers, Mrs. Galloway aims to foster an environment filled with joy, love, compassion, grace, and peace.