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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 - Dr. Missie Meyer

Dr. Missie Meyer - Westminster Lafayette Elementary Principal & Preschool Director

Dr. Missie Meyer believes students must not only learn the academic material as knowledge, but they must also learn to apply the material to situations within their lives for deeper, more effective understanding. Dr. Meyer's university training began with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing with a minor in secondary education from Loyola University. That foundation ultimately led to her Master's in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and most recently her Doctorate in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University.





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.