Vermilion Parish Educators Rising students and teachers from Erath High, Abbeville High and North Vermilion took a peek “behind the scenes” at our VPSS Central Offices on Friday, December 1, learning first hand what it takes to keep our district running smoothly as one of the top districts in the state. 

Superintendent Tommy Byler kicked off the day by welcoming students and teachers. The group heard from several district education leaders including representatives from the following departments: personnel, business, child nutrition, special education, curriculum, transportation and maintenance. District leadership also treated the group to lunch. To wrap up the day, students and teachers toured the transportation and maintenance departments. At each stop of the tour, students heard from the hard working individuals who keep our district running smoothly every day.

It was a day of thoughtful conversations, tough questions, smiles, laughs and even a few tears as our district leaders poured into future generations of Vermilion Parish educators. Our aspiring teachers returned to their respective schools inspired by the passion and professionalism they witnessed today.

In hopes of chipping away at our nation-wide teacher shortage, the goal of Educators Rising is to celebrate and elevate the teaching profession, while encouraging young people to pursue education-related career paths. More than that, the program aims to cultivate informed future parents and community members who will in turn pour back into our school system for years to come. This program is a critical piece to our district’s future success, and school leaders are thankful to all the individuals who have helped this program to grow in Vermilion Parish.

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