Theresa Ellen Braud, a chemistry teacher at Slidell High School, was awarded the 2012 “Educator of Distinction” Award by the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, June 13. The annual award honors teachers who have made outstanding contributions in the lives and education of youth as well as to the community.
Ms. Braud was commended for being a caring, dedicated teacher and parent as well as active in her professional associations and community involvements. “She truly believes that all of her students can and will reach their highest potential,” said Steve Kernahan, chairman of the Chamber’s education committee. “She instills in them hope to believe that through education they will be able to succeed.”
She has also taught virtual high school courses and will also be an adjunct teacher at Nunez Community College in Health Science, he said. She was presented with a certificate and will be receiving a variety of gifts from Slidell area businesses. Her principal William Percy was on hand to congratulate her.
In addition to the Educator of Distinction award, chamber officials also presented three outstanding high school students with $1000 scholarships. They went to Amber Fern Soileau of Pearl River High School, Nicole Irene Kernahan of Northshore High School, and Laura Elizabeth Garcia of Salmen High School.
Amber plans to major in Kinesiology at LSU to become a Physical Therapist, Nicole is planning to attend the University of Alabama to study Marine Biology, and Laura plans to attend LSU to major in Biology/Pre-Med for her goal of becoming a neurologist.
The featured speaker for the luncheon event at Young’s Restaurant in Slidell was Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III. He presented an overview of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System, its local, regional, and statewide accomplishments, ongoing educational opportunities, and partnerships with the St. Tammany business community.
He also updated the chamber on the growing student enrollment, recent academic achievements, and wide variety of community involvements. A native of Slidell, Folse told the audience how important it was to share the news about St. Tammany’s award-winning public school system, from its high ACT averages and energy management success to the parish winning two of the three Louisiana State Principal of the Year honors.
Board President Stephen "Jack" Loup III and several other School Board members also attended the event.
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