Eight named to Educators Honor Roll
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HONORING EDUCATORS -- Eight new members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Educators Honor Roll are, from left, Suzanne Gautier, teacher at Holy Ghost School in Hammond; Mary Ballard, interim head of the Southeastern Department of counseling and Human Development; Karen Parker Ellis, coordinator of Tangipahoa FIRST, a new teacher induction program with the Tangipahoa School System; Bill Neal, assistant dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Diane Allen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Rebecca Day, recently retired director of student teaching at Southeastern; Leigh Ann Beard, Southeastern director of student teaching; and Al Link, Southeastern graduate, former teacher and principal of Hammond High School and current president of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board.
Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development, the honor roll recognizes individuals who have dedicated their lives to the education of students at any level, said Diane Allen, dean of the college. Professionals who are recognized place their individual plaques on a permanent recognition wall located in Southeastern’s Cate Teacher Education Center.
Honored on Saturday were Mary Ballard, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Counseling and Human Development; Leigh Ann Beard, director of student teaching in the College of Education and Human Development; Rebecca Day, recently retired director of student teaching at southeastern; Karen Parker Ellis, coordinator of Tangipahoa FIRST, the new teacher induction program for the Tangipahoa Parish School System; Suzanne Gautier, teacher at Holy Ghost School in Hammond; Al Link, former coach and principal at Hammond High and current president of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board; Bill Neal, assistant dean of the Southeastern College of Education and Human Development; and Dean Allen.
Information on nominating individuals for the Educators Honor Roll can be obtained from the College of Education and Human Development, 985-549-2217.
A member of the Southeastern faculty for the past 14 years, Ballard received her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern and later earned a master’s degree and doctorate in counselor education from the University of New Orleans. She is president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and a past president of the Louisiana Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. A resident of Mandeville, she was nominated by the faculty and staff in the Department of Counseling and Human Development.
Beard is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southeastern. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Mercer University in Atlanta and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. While teaching in Georgia, she developed an at-risk program for the county and was named teacher of the year. She was nominated for the honor roll by her husband, Chau Nguyen.
Day joined the faculty of Southeastern in 1980 and served as head of the Department of Home Economics. She served as director of student teaching for 20 years. She completed her undergraduate and master’s work at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and earned a doctorate in home economics from Oklahoma State University. She was nominated by the faculty and staff of the College of Education and Human Development.
Ellis planned, wrote and implemented the Tangipahoa FIRST program in district schools. Previously she taught at Midway Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, her master’s in counseling and guidance and her plus-30 from Southeastern. She was nominated by the Parker and Ellis families.
Gautier has taught fifth and sixth grades at Holy Ghost since 1986. In 1989 she won the Wilson-Wells Outstanding Teacher Award and was named Holy Ghost Diocesan Teacher of the Year in 1999. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southeastern where she also completed requirements for teacher certification in general science, chemistry and biology. She was nominated by her husband of 28 years Jack Gautier.
Link’s 35-year career in Tangipahoa Parish Schools includes having served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal of Hammond High School and the Southeastern Laboratory High School. A player on the Lion’s basketball team for four years, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern. He has served two terms on the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. Link was nominated by his wife Linda.
A member of the Southeastern faculty since 1972, Neal originally served in the Department of Health and Physical Education. A former basketball coach and junior high and high school teacher of mathematics, Neal received his bachelor’s degree in from Ouachita Baptist University, later earning his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arkansas. He has served as assistant dean at Southeastern since 1997. He was nominated for the honor roll by family and friends at Southeastern.
Allen joined Southeastern as dean in 2004 after having served as a member of the faculty and associate dean at the University of North Texas in Denton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Memphis and her doctoral and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University. She was nominated by the faculty and staff of the College of Education and Human Development