LeBlanc Elementary Lions

Leah Trahan Named the Region IV LACUE Elementary Teacher of the Year

Each year LACUE (Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators), the state's technology association, honors teachers and leaders with awards in each region, and at the state level. 

Recently it was announced that Leah Trahan, a Vermilion Parish TAG (Talented and Gifted) teacher who is home based at  LeBlanc Elementary won the Region IV LACUE Elementary Teacher of the Year Award. Trahan services children from not only LeBlanc Elementary, but Dozier Elementary, Seventh Ward Elementary, Eaton Park Elementary, JH Williams, Erath Middle, and Mt. Carmel students. The students travel to LeBlanc Elementary for her TAG classes.

At the Annual Conference in New Orleans in December, all regional winners will be recognized. From there, a state winner will be named for each category. Trahan will attend the 31st  Annual LACUE Conference in December to receive her regional award. Trahan won this same award when she taught at Herod Elementary in 2005.

As a 2002 graduate of ULL, Mrs. Leah Trahan is currently in her 14th year of teaching.  While she has held various Elementary teaching assignments throughout her teaching career, her current position is as a TAG (Talented and Gifted) teacher in the district of Vermilion Parish.  Having held this position for the past two years has afforded her the opportunity to work with students at various elementary grade levels, with a focus on teaching and learning through technology.  With the transition to Common Core State Standards, Mrs. Trahan has worked to write, plan and execute her own curriculum integrating technology into the teaching and learning process.

Mrs. Trahan was nominated for this award by her Principal Dawn Amy because of her use of technology in her classroom. 

In addition, she has written several Donors’ Choose grant applications in support of additional technology for her classroom and student use, all of which have been awarded.  She was instrumental in working with district and school level personnel to obtain a grant from Chevron in support of the use of technology in science.

One of her Donorschoose projects involved bringing Steve Wolfe, movie stuntman and producer visited to share his knowledge of stunt making and filming. This directly tied into their curriculum project of movie making. Student research and the creation of various multimedia projects have been shared through student portfolios with parents and administrators in an effort to keep us apprised of her classroom projects and student use of technology.  At the end of the year, she and her students presented a live “Night at the Oscars”, based on students’ work throughout the year.  The program was designed, written, and filmed by the students for presentation to the parents. 

Principal Dawn Amy stated; "Mrs. Trahan is always looking for ways to involve other stakeholders to support her teaching and student learning.  She has invited various community members to speak to her students relevant to the topic being studied." 

LeBlanc Elementary
4511 E. LA Hwy 338
Abbeville, LA 70510
LeBlanc Elementary Phone Numbers
Office 337-937-8110
Counselor 337-937-8427
Fax 337-937-8761


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