The North Vermilion Middle School teacher earned her school’s Teacher of the Year honor, as well as Vermilion Parish’s Middle School Teacher of the Year award. Her eldest son, Jarrod Bergeron, is the North Vermilion High School Teacher of the Year.
“Yeah, I guess it has been good year,” Bergeron said with a laugh.
And it just got better. Bergeron received the news Monday that she is a regional finalist for Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year.
“It’s really an honor,” Bergeron said Monday afternoon. “It’s a surprise.
“But I am very excited.”
The finalists, along with 15 Principal of the Year finalists, including Kaplan High School’s Laura LeBeouf, will be honored during the Sixth Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration in July, when Louisiana’s Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers and Principals of the Year are named, along with Louisiana’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.
“I’m actually kind of nervous,” Bergeron admitted. “State is an interview process where I have to do a presentation. I also have to video myself teaching my students and the state judges will look at that and they will combine that with the interview process.”
Someone who speaks shouldn’t have an issues with speaking to others, right?
“It’s different speaking in front of students,” Bergeron said.
She is terrific in that element, according to North Vermilion Principal Greg Theriot.
“She does an excellent job,” Theriot said. “She is our tech coordinator, she does LVS (virtual school) and she does seventh grade American history. She does a great job incorporating technology into the class room, especially in her history class.
“She does a wonderful, wonderful job.”
Theriot said Bergeron is carrying the flag for not only her school, but Vermilion Parish as a whole.
“It’s great representation,” Theriot said. “We have a number of great teachers in our parish. So to come out as parish teacher of the year is an outstanding honor.
“I know she will do well at state.”
Bergeron has plenty of support. That list includes her husband (Randy), three sons (Jarrod, 30, Ryan, 28, and Jacob, 24) and two daughters-in-law (Alaina and Lindsey) and two grandchildren (Ayla and Andon). Two more grand children are on the way, too, as well as a future daughter-in-law (Meagan).
“There is definitely a lot going on,” Bergeron said.
That has been the case for Bergeron’s 17-year, 12 of which have been spent at NV, teaching career. It’s a career that took a somewhat different route to get started.
“I didn’t start college until my youngest child was 3 years old,” said Bergeron, an Abbeville native. “I graduated in 1995 and started teaching.
“I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. But after high school we got married and I had children. I just put it off until later.”
However the case, Bergeron could be adding the top award in her field come July. Whether she comes how with the award or not, she Bergeron said he is certainly honored.
“It’s pretty cool,” she said. “I’m really excited.”