Meet Ms. Rickey            

              My name is Ms. Rickey Menard.  I am a native of Erath. I have been teaching for 35 and Ĺ years. I have one son, Anthony.  My pets are 5 dogs, 2 fish, and one gerbil.  I enjoy taking care of my house plants and reading.

           In 1972 I graduated from Erath High School.  I received my  B.A. degree in 1975 from USL.  Then in 1985  I  earned  my masters plus 30 in Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
        
          While working for Vermilion Parish  I attended special training in the following:   Inclusion Training  deals with working with special education students in the classroom, Spalding Training, Project Read Training-this is a program that was use to help children with reading problems. I was the SBLC chairperson for 21 years  at Dozier. A couple of areas that I received training while being chairperson was in the dyslexia process and 504.  Technology plays a big role in the education program.  I  attended  workshops  and in-services  to learn different technology programs that could be used with the students.  I also attended training in a writing program called Framing Your Thoughts. 
         
          Schools that I have taught in are: Pecan Island, Dozier and now LeBlanc Elementary. I have taught several grades 2nd,   3rd, 4th, Kindergarten in a reading lab setting, 1st and 2nd grade reading lab, and now 1st grade.   I have attended many in-services while teaching first grade. These in-services enhance the teaching of the first grade curriculum.

             My goal is to make learning fun and productive for your child, so he/she may experience success.  Many different learning activities will be used to help the student learn the concepts.  I plan to use whole group, small group, working with a partner, learning centers and computers to help teach the skills. 

               I feel itís very important that the parent and teacher work together, so problems will be eliminated.  Should there be a problem concerning your child, please feel free to call me at school (schoolís number 937-8110) or email me at rmenard@vrml.k12.la.us .  Conferences are scheduled before school should we need to meet.

Sincerely,

Rickey Menard