NATCHITOCHES – Bossier educators Mack Daniel Knotts and David Thrash will be honored by Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development with induction into the College’s Hall of Distinguished Educators.
Inductees of the Hall of Distinguished Educator must have graduated from NSU at least 30 years prior to nomination and have made significant and/or impactful contributions to the field of education.
Other honorees will be Hall inductee David Silvie, of Shreveport, Edwina Lewis and Outstanding Young Professional Micah Coleman, both of Natchitoches, and the late Dr. Raymond Gilbert. Another Shreveport resident, Paula Hickman, will be recognized as a Friend of Education.
An induction ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in the Teacher Education Center auditorium on the NSU campus. A reception will precede the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. in the Commons Area of the Teacher Education Center.
Knotts earned a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern State in health and physical education in 1961, a master’s in health and physical education/administration in 1963 and +30 at Louisiana Tech in 1973. As an undergraduate, Knotts was a member of the Demon baseball team, Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity and Kappa Blue Key Honor Fraternity. He is also a member of Northwestern State’s N Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
He began his career as a coach and teacher at St. Mary’s High School and Haynesville High School and served as principal at Haynesville Elementary and Jr. High from 1970-81 and principal at Haynesville High School from 1981-1992 before serving as a Bossier Parish School Board member from 1998-2010. While a School Board member, he served as chairman of the Insurance Committee and as president and helped generate support and secure funding for several schools, including Parkway High School. After retiring, he worked as an insurance agent and was a volunteer basketball and baseball coach and recreation director in Haynesville. He lives in Bossier City.
Thrash has been principal at Bossier High School since 2006 and has also served as principal at Haughton Middle School, assistant principal at Haughton High School and as a teacher and coach at Benton High School and Ringgold High School. He graduated from NSU in 1983 with a degree in social studies and health and physical education, earned a master’s in health education at Louisiana Tech and +30 in education leadership at Centenary College. Thrash spent 15 years teaching middle and high school at Benton where he was head baseball and football coach and led both groups to the state semi-finals.
Thrash’s awards include being named Louisiana Principal of the Year, Bossier Parish Principal of the Year and Bossier Press Tribune Readers’ Choice School Principal finalist. He is a member of several professional, community and leadership organizations, including the Bossier City Lions Club, Bossier Association of Principals, Louisiana Association of Educations and National Association of Secondary School Principals. Since 2012, he has served on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association school relations committee and has also served as the 3A District chairperson for LSHAA. He has served on the Bossier Parish School Board since 1985.
NSU’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development annually recognizes educators whose work has made an impact on the lives of others. For more information on the College visit nsula.edu/academics/education-human-development. A full schedule of Homecoming events is available at northwesternalumni.com/homecoming16.