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LAE Launches Campaign to Praise Louisiana's Hardworking Educators

BATON ROUGE, LA – AUGUST 22, 2016 – LAE announces a new campaign to spotlight the hard work and dedication of Louisiana's public school teachers and education support professionals. President Debbie Meaux says she is thrilled that her association has been given an opportunity to let the state’s educators know how much they mean to the communities they serve.

“Our teachers and support professionals make amazing things happen in our classrooms every day,” says Meaux. “As a teacher, I know how much it means to hear about the impact I’ve had on children’s lives; more educators in this state could benefit from hearing similar words of praise and thanks.”

Through a partnership with The National Education Association, First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards, The Keenan Lewis Foundation, and The Louisiana Press Association, the LAE hopes to shine a light on the successes happening in Louisiana’s public schools. The #ThankALAEducator campaign encourages Louisianans to go on to social media to share short stories about how teachers and other school employees – past or present – have made a positive impact on their lives. By using “#ThankALAEducator” readers can see other stories written by members of their communities. In addition, the use of the hashtag will allow a committee of LAE leaders to review the stories and select several to be featured in newspapers across the state. The campaign kicks off with high-profile endorsements from Keenan Lewis, a professional football player from the New Orleans area, and Donna Edwards, Louisiana’s First Lady.

“As a teacher, I’ve shared in the joys and challenges facing students and teachers. I couldn’t have been prepared for this meaningful role, if it weren’t for the amazing educators who made an impact on me,” says Edwards. “I want to thank my former educators for inspiring me to pursue my dreams, and I’m so proud to share my story and encourage others to do the same.”

“My mom is a teacher here in Louisiana, so I know how dedicated our educators are,” says Lewis. “Growing up, my teachers always encouraged me to be my best, and I want to thank them for their commitment to educate, inspire, and develop Louisiana’s youth.”

In addition to the #ThankALAEducator social media campaign, the LAE is running advertisements to spotlight accomplished educators from across the state. More information on the #ThankALAEducator initiative and monthly educator spotlights can be found at Meaux says it is her hope that these efforts combined will contribute to raising educator morale across the state.

“The innovative work being done by teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school support professionals oftentimes goes unnoticed,” Meaux says. “We are excited to showcase – and hopefully spread awareness of – the great things happening in Louisiana’s schools because of Louisiana’s educators.”
The campaign is made possible through a grant from the LAE’s parent organization, the National Education Association.

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