Educational Background
  • December 1999 Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education with a minor in Secondary Social Studies Education from ULL
  • May 2011 Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from ULL

Teaching Experience

  • 1 year in Lafayette Parish at Carencro Middle School teaching sixth grade
  • 2000 – Present Vermilion Parish at Kaplan High School teaching English III and Psychology.


Professional Biography

As a young girl, I, like many other young girls, often played school. I pretended to be the teacher while my stuffed animals and Barbie dolls served as my attentive students. Because of my love for playing school, I vividly remember the portable chalkboard and colored chalk I received as presents. They definitely found a good home in my room! To this day, my family still jokes about my childhood classroom and instruction. Looking back, I truly believe that these initial encounters with teaching were the beginning of my call to be an educator.

It really is no surprise that education would be where my heart lies since my parents valued it so much. Both of my parents struggled to achieve success in their careers because they did not earn postsecondary degrees. Employed as an air conditioner repairman, my father gained experience and knowledge while on the job. After years of hard work and training, he eventually formed his own company. My mother attended a few semesters of college, but she could not afford to continue her studies. Instead, she resourcefully progressed in sixteen years from deli clerk to human resource manager at a retail store. To them, the challenges they faced in their careers because of their lack of education perfectly demonstrated the true necessity of education. My parents viewed education as preparation for their children’s future. They did not want their children to be as unprepared as they were, so education was to be the primary concern of their children. My parents instilled in me a love of learning; they fostered an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They also exhibited an undeniable respect for teachers, the suppliers of knowledge. As a result, I was one of those nerdy students who actually adored learning, admired teachers, and relished school! Throughout my high school years, I readily accepted any and all tutoring positions available; I simply wanted all individuals to find pleasure in learning and to feel the sense of accomplishment that follows learning! These experiences with education steered me to my calling, teaching.

2010-11 Vermilion Parish
High School Teacher of the Year

Laurie L. Broussard

Philosophy of Teaching

I honestly believe that teachers are both born and made. I definitely believe that teaching is a calling. Teachers must have an innate desire to share and shape knowledge. They must have an inherent passion for opening the minds of their students and expanding their horizons. They must have an intrinsic drive to enhance and advance students and their futures. On the other hand, teachers themselves have much to learn. Teachers must be experts in their fields while also relaying their expertise to students. Teachers must recognize that their knowledge can only be imparted if it is presented at a level the students can comprehend. Teachers must also be willing to reflect upon their teaching. They must constantly modify their teaching to reach diverse students. Thus, nature and nurture are both greatly involved in the creation of teachers.

I sincerely feel that teaching is an honor. As teachers, my peers and I hold the future of the world in our hands. The future is present in our classrooms every single day. Teachers educate the students who will be the leaders and thinkers of the future. Teachers train the students who will one day parent the generations to come. I cannot think of a privilege that is more precious or a profession that is more rewarding. I will never forget the response of one of my teachers when I told her that I wanted to be a teacher. She proclaimed that I was too intelligent to be a teacher; according to her, being a teacher would be a waste of my intelligence! She actually encouraged me to become a doctor or lawyer because I was smart enough to change the world! I simply replied that as a teacher I will educate the students who become the doctors and lawyers and proudly change the world one student at a time.

To me, teaching is in and of itself a reward; although, I must admit the existence of other rewards. Obvious rewards are the compliments teachers receive from parents and students. Teachers so often hear the negative that they honestly cherish any and all positive comments. I have a folder of positive messages like letters and cards I have collected over the years resting on my desk. If I experience a difficult situation, I whip out the folder to remind me of what I am capable of achieving if I persevere. It is also extremely satisfying to visit with students regardless of the location. I so love how I run into students past and present no matter where I go. For them to acknowledge me outside of the school setting means that I have had an impact on them that is not just educational. In addition, nothing is more gratifying than witnessing the moment students grasp a concept. That instant when the knowledge connects in the students’ brains is addictive! It is genuinely an experience I yearn to repeat.

Personal Information

  • Married nine years to husband Jason Broussard

  • One child three year old son Lawson Broussard

 

Awards

  • 2010-11 Kaplan High School  Teacher of the Year and  Vermilion Parish High School Teacher of the Year
     

 

Message


Teachers are not who they teach or what they teach; instead, teachers are how they teach. The children in classrooms are students today, but they will be the future tomorrow. I recommend that teachers envision the successful people their students could become in the future rather than the primitive beings they are in the present. As a result, teachers should be dream builders not dream busters. To accomplish this task, teachers must incorporate faith, hope, and love into their teaching. Teaching is a heartfelt labor of love; the content an educator teaches may easily be forgotten, but the impact an educator has on students will remain forever in the hearts of those students. Therefore, teachers are how they teach.
 

 

Email lauriel@vrml.k12.la.us

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