LPPS Teacher Chosen for LDOE Council

Livingston Parish Teacher Selected for LDOE Teacher Advisory Council
Posted on 09/14/2022
Livingston Parish Teacher Selected for  LDOE Teacher Advisory CouncilLivingston Parish Teacher Selected for LDOE Teacher Advisory Council

LIVINGSTON, La. – French Settlement High School Teacher Erik Willie has been named a member of the Louisiana Department of Education’s (LDOE) 2022-2023 Teacher Advisory Council.

Louisiana’s inaugural Teacher Advisory Council includes 22 classroom leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and educational settings. This cohort of educators will meet with Superintendent Cade Brumley quarterly to share feedback on current education initiatives and offer insight on how Louisiana can continue to improve student outcomes.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to have a seat at the table to discuss vital issues that need the voice of those who work closest to Louisiana’s children – our teachers,” Willie said.

Wille said he is hopeful that his input with the council will lead to greater time and resources being made available to teachers to affectively engage learning and relational discussions with their students.

“In the world of education, we are living and working at a time when students’ needs are changing on an almost daily basis. A difficult task for teachers is meeting both the students’ education and interpersonal needs,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with Dr. Brumley and the advisory council to strategize giving teachers what they need to reach students on both fronts.”

Willie currently teaches 7th and 8th grade math, Introduction to Engineering and Design Through Project Lead the Way at French Settlement High School. He has been a math instructor for the past six years. He has served in the role of middle school classroom teacher, RTI Tutor, virtual learning instructor and adult education instructor.

Willie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2014 from Southeastern Louisiana University. He later attained his certification for teaching through the iTeach Louisiana program.

“One way we elevate teacher voices in Louisiana is by giving them a seat at the table on the issues that matter in our classrooms,” said Dr. Brumley. “The educators on our council represent the great diversity of school choices available to Louisiana families. I’m looking forward to learning from their experiences and coming together on solutions that are best for students.”

All Louisiana K-12 teachers were eligible to apply during the application period that ran from August 1021. LDOE received nearly 900 applications.

The Teacher Advisory Council is schedule to hold its first meeting on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Claiborne Building in the state capitol complex.