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HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University Education Professor Cynthia Elliott has been recognized by Child Advocacy Services of Louisiana as the organization's Community Partner of the Year.
The honor was presented by CAS at the Geaux Blue for Kids Awards Ceremony held April 15 in Baton Rouge.
Elliott, who serves as interim head of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, was recognized for her efforts to ensure that all Southeastern teacher education candidates receive national, evidence-based training in the Stewards of Children curriculum.
The program – developed by the Charleston, S.C., non-profit organization Darkness to Light – focuses on preparing individuals to detect and prevent child sexual abuse.
Under Elliott's leadership, more than 1,000 Southeastern teacher education candidates received the training.
CAS, a non-profit organization, serves children and families in 10 area parishes, providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Children's Advocacy Center.
Elliott is a resident of Baton Rouge.