John McConathy was an educator in the Bienville and Bossier parish school systems for 31 years. He was first a classroom teacher and coach, then became Bossier High School Assistant Principal. He served as Business Manager for the Bossier Parish School Board before becoming the Assistant Superintendent and being elected Superintendent of Bossier School in 1971. McConathy served as Past President of the Louisiana Association of School Business Officials, Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and the Fourth District School Superintendents.