Southeastern names four to Educators Honor Roll
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EDUCATORS HONOR ROLL – New members of the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Education and Human Development’s Educators Honor Roll are, from left, Headley Adelmann, retired Southeastern biological sciences department head; Louis Joseph, retired superintendent of Tangipahoa Parish public schools; Kim Zabbia, retired art teacher at Ponchatoula High School; and Barbara Moffett, head of Southeastern’s School of Nursing.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Education and Human Development has named four new members to its “Educators Honor Roll.”
Established last year, the honor roll, said Dean Diane Allen, “is a way to say a public thank you to those who have dedicated their lives to the education of students at any level.”
Named to the honor roll during a brief ceremony on Southeastern’s Homecoming day, Nov. 10, were Headley Adelmann, a long time Southeastern faculty member and former head of the Department of Biological Sciences; Louis Joseph, retired superintendent of Tangipahoa Parish public schools; Barbara Moffett, head of Southeastern’s School of Nursing; and Kim Howes Zabbia, retired art teacher at Ponchatoula High School.
Members of the campus and community can sponsor outstanding educators for inclusion on the wall. Their names are added to a plaque in the Cate Teacher Education Center. “Every time a student sees this honor roll, he or she will be reminded that teachers do matter and are appreciated by those they serve,” Allen said.
A Southeastern graduate who earned his doctoral degree in zoology from Texas A&M University, Adelmann joined the biological sciences faculty in 1967. He served as department head from 1974-1982 before retiring in 2000. An accomplished artist, Adelmann’s wildlife paintings have been exhibited nationally. He was sponsored for the honor roll by Jack Blossman.
Joseph, a graduate of Southern University and Southeastern, retired last year after more than three decades as a teacher, principal, supervisor and superintendent in Tangipahoa Parish schools. He is a Vietnam veteran and continues to serve as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He was sponsored by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce.
Moffett began her career at Southeastern as an instructor in 1976 and was named professor in 2002. In 2003, she received the Louisiana Nurses Foundation’s Nightingale Award for Nursing Educator of the Year. A graduate of Northwestern State University and LSU, she has also served as a nurse at several area hospitals. She was sponsored by Southeastern President Randy Moffett.
Zabbia’s career as an art teacher at Ponchatoula High School was capped in 2006 when she was recognized by Wal-Mart as state Teacher of the Year. A graduate of Southeastern and LSU, she is the author of “Painted Diaries: A Mother and Daughter’s Experience Through Alzheimer’s” and has spoken to groups across the country relating her art to Alzheimer’s Disease. She was sponsored by Wal-Mart.