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Get to Know: Debbie Meaux

Deborah Meaux, a longtime teacher and public school advocate, serves as the president and spokeswoman of the 20-thousand-member LAE.

Meaux was a classroom teacher for 38 years before taking over as LAE’s top official. She leads the association’s efforts at the Louisiana Legislature, and presides over meetings of the LAE Representative Assembly and Board of Directors. President Meaux articulates association positions on Louisiana public education policies in the press. She also expresses association opinions at Board of elementary and Secondary Education committee meetings in addition to many other education advisory commissions.

Meaux represents Louisiana educators at the national level through her networking efforts with the National Education Association (NEA), LAE’s national affiliate.

Throughout her education career in Vermilion Parish, Meaux has been heavily involved in professional advocacy efforts. In her local chapter, the Vermilion Association of Educators (VAE), she served in the capacity of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. She was the chief negotiator for the contract between the VAE and the Vermilion Parish School Board for more than 10 years.

Meaux is active as a mentor and trainer for new teachers in her district. She was named Teacher of the Year three times – twice at Kaplan High School and once at Rene Rost Middle School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). She has three children and four grandchildren.

Meaux can be reached via email at


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