Stutes Named Dozier Teacher of the Year
On Friday, February 8, 2013 during the school’s annual Mardi
Gras parade, Dozier Elementary Principal Karla Toups announced
to filled parking lot of students, faculty members and parents
that Suzette Broussard Stutes was the school’s “2013-14 Teacher
of the Year.” The surprised Stutes was then greeted with roses
by family members on hand.
Stutes, who was named as the
Dozier Elementary Teacher of the Year
got teary eyed, when she learned that the “1st DES Teacher of
the year” in 1988 was she (and her twin sister Suzanne’s)
Kindergarten teacher and mentor, the late
Cecile Dubois. Stutes
and Dubois worked together from 2007 until 2011. Dubois retired
in 2011, but two remained close until Dubois passed away in July
The current 2nd grade teacher is a 1997 graduate of
Erath High, and a 2001 UL graduate in her 11th year of teaching.
Stutes began teaching in January 2002 at Green T. Lindon. From
the fall of 2002 until May of 2007, she taught at Live Oak
Elementary, Kaplan Elementary, St. Edwards and also in St. Mary
Parish. In 2007, she returned to Vermilion Parish and began
teaching at Dozier Elementary.
Principal Karla Toups shared that Stutes “has become
known as a teacher who truly embraces technology in her
classroom. As an educator, she readily brings productive
technology integration skills and valuable lessons to her
students.” Toups also stated that “not only does she
incorporate student driven curriculum technology activities with
computers in her centers, but has her students using Promethean
Board flip charts in independent group settings to bring
effective lessons in that capacity as well. She truly works hard
to enhance lessons utilizing the technology tools with the
Through the years, she has participated in a number of
technology sessions at the parish and school level. She has also
hosted Professional Development Promethean Board/Activotes
sessions to assist her faculty when needed. She is currently
serving as one of the school’s tech reps. In May of 2012, she
traveled with district leaders and educators to Rapides Parish
to view students using iPads, with the intent of gaining more
knowledge about utilizing the tablets in a classroom setting.
The dedicated teacher states on her school faculty page “I
love children and I have always wanted to make a difference in a
child's life. The greatest gift of all is watching a child grow
academically throughout a year. I also love seeing how every
child is unique in their own way, but recognizing the
similarities that lie in their big hearts!” She also states
on her page "This is my 11th year of teaching and every day
is a new challenge, but I sincerely love what I do!"
The next level of competition for the Dozier teacher will now be
at the parish level.
Suzette Stutes and her husband, Josh have three children, Rilee-Grace,
Owen and Andrew. She is the daughter of Judy Broussard and the
late Wilbur Broussard.