I chose to teach because
  • I love to work with children. Teaching gives me the opportunity to
    touch and change so many lives.
Leadership Activities Technology Connections:

   "Teaching gives me the opportunity to touch and change so many lives."

Professional Career

  • Graduated from E. Broussard High School in 1991, Class Salutatorian
  • University of Southwest Louisiana; Bachelor of Arts, December 1996
  • University of Louisiana at Eunice; 1993-1994


  • 2000- present: Meaux Elementary,Sixth Grade Math, Science, and Spelling

  • 1999-2000: Eaton Park Elementary-Fifth Grade
    Reading (SFA), Language Arts, and Science

  • 1998- 1999: Kaplan Elementary-Fourth Grade
    Math, Science, and Social Studies

  • 1997- 1998: Rapids Sixth Grade Center - Sixth Grade Health Education


  • Meaux Elementary Playground Committee Chairman
  • Meaux Elementary PBS Committee
  • Meaux Elementary Science Fair coordinator
  • Meaux Elementary Jr. Beta Co-Sponsor

Meet the Teacher Corner

Vermilion Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year – Michelle Caldwell

Michelle Dore Caldwell is a sixth grade teacher at Meaux Elementary. She has been an  educator since 1997 and has worked in Vermilion Parish since 1998.

Mrs. Caldwell believes that if you are an educator, teaching is in your blood. She is a "student centered" teacher. If you walk into her room, you will find her students in groups or working with a partner. The students are always encouraged to ask questions. 

As an exceptional teacher, she takes the time to plan activities that will expand the concept being taught. She tries to apply concepts to real life situation students can relate to. Mrs. Caldwell stated that by doing that, the  students make the concept their own.

Professional Development is a part of her success as a teacher. She constantly strives to improve her teaching techniques by attending and participating in workshops and training sessions. She shares this knowledge at district professional development days where she presents for fellow teachers.

As part of a laptop initiative grant,  the students in her classroom have access to a laptop computer at all times.

Her reward for teaching is summed up on a magnet given to her by a student that reads, “A Special Teacher.. Because of you, I am richer…and I will always be grateful.”

Meaux Elementary and Vermilion Parish 
"Middle Teacher of the Year" Michelle Caldwell with
Vermilion Parish Superintendent Randy Schexnayder.


  • 2008-09 "Meaux Elementary Teacher of the Year"

  • 2008-09 Vermilion Parish "Middle School Teacher of the Year"

Family: Steven, Michelle, Max and Marlee Caldwell.
Below are the Caldwell children.

  • Married to Steven Caldwell
  • Two children Max  Joseph and Marlee Jean.  Max is five and Marlee is 21 months. 
  • Daughter of Patsy (Moss) Dore and O.J. Dore
  • Hobbies/Fun: As a family we enjoy camping, boat riding, and BMX racing.

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Photos courtesy of Thrifty Way Pharmacy in Abbeville
Photographer Stephanie Grossie