Suzette Stutes 2013-14 Dozier Teacher of the Year!

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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 25th 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 of 2012.

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 curriculum.”

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.


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