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
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
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."