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Joseph Gabriel "Gabe" Sonnier is the principal of Port Barre Elementary. (Source: WVLA/NBC) Joseph Gabriel "Gabe" Sonnier is the principal of Port Barre Elementary. (Source: WVLA/NBC)

PORT BARRE, LA (WVLA/NBC) - It's an inspiring story about a man who worked his way up from school janitor to principal.

He's come so far that he's surpassed even his own imagination.

Joseph Gabriel "Gabe" Sonnier is the principal of Port Barre Elementary in Port Barre, LA.

But Sonnier is more than just a principal. His story is unlike many others.

He began as a janitor in 1981.

The principal at the time told him he should be grading papers instead of picking them up.

In 2000, he enrolled in classes at LSU.

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