Pictured here from left to right are Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael Lombas, Elementary Teacher of the Year Heather Demoruelle, Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard, and Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Pictured from left to right are Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mike Lombas, High school Teacher of the Year Mitzi Fontenot, Middle School TOY Elizabeth “Yvette” Jagneaux, Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard and Evangeline Parish School Board President Wayne Dardeau during a recent event hosted at Ville Platte High where the district’s TOY’s were honored.. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
Evangeline Parish Teachers of the Year honored with special gala last Thursday
The stars were shining bright inside the Ville Platte High School Auditorium as Teachers of the Year and Principals were honored by the Evangeline Parish School Board for being super terrific amazingly resourceful.
Heather Demoruelle from James Stephens Montessori School was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the district and is a state semifinalist. “I was beyond stunned and humbled when I learned that I had won District Teacher of the Year,” she said. “The best part about being a teacher is being able to witness the sheer pride that my students have when they get it (understand the lesson taught). That gives me an overwhelming feeling of joy when my young students make those connections and have those A-ha moments. It is truly a rewarding career. Not to mention, being able to act silly and sing and dance at work every day is fun too.”
Other Elementary Teachers of the Year nominees from the district include: Katherine Thibodeaux from Bayou Chicot Elementary, Sherelene Johnson from Chataignier Elementary, Anita Callaghan from Mamou Elementary, Candace Lejeune from Pine Prairie High, LaShanna Robinson from Ville Platte Elementary, Brittany Randall from W.W. Stewart Elementary, and Mandy Fontenot from Vidrine Elementary.
District winner for Middle School Teacher of the Year was Elizabeth (Yvette) Jagneaux from Ville Platte High School. “Teaching is what I love,” she said. “My students are my life, along with my husband and biological children. As an educator, my passion is not only to teach but also to motivate all of my students to be the best they can be academically, socially, and emotionally. My goal is to understand and sincerely love them as individuals, make them feel good about themselves, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt, how much I care for them. I know I am succeeding as an educator when I help them face life’s struggle and strife with character, confidence, and happiness of heart.”
Also named as District Middle School Teachers of the Year were: Sadie Guillory from Basile High, Moenette LaFleur from Bayou Chicot Elementary, Rhonda Lejeune from Chataignier Elementary, Jimmy Ardoin from Evangeline Central, Suzanne Sanders from James Stephens, Lorita Thomas from Mamou High, and Shelly LaFleur from Vidrine Elementary.
Ville Platte High School’s Mitzi Fontenot was named High School Teacher of the Year for the district. She said, “Teaching is most rewarding when I see a student who gets the message/concept. Having the ability to enhance young minds daily is one of life’s greatest blessings.”
Other high school teachers who were recognized from around the district were: Kenneth Kidder from Basile High, Dana Blood from Pine Prairie High, and Hari Krishna Prasad Oruganti from Mamou High School.
Also recognized Thursday night was Elizabeth Chatelain, who is the 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year Finalist from Mamou High. “My most significant accomplishment as an educator has been a total school transformation moving us from a C school in 2013 to a Must See School in 2016 with an A score, and we are still growing,” she said. “My motto is, ‘Excellence for all, whatever it takes.’ That is my message of encouragement; my legacy of hope.”