The mission of the Education Committee is to work with schools and local businesses to enhance and shape the educational opportunities in the community.
As a chamber, we recognize the importance of an educated workforce and the benefit it brings to our members and students who are the future employees of the local business community that we serve. We are fortunate to have one of the strongest school systems in the state.
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The 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Vicci Brooks Fairchild .
Ms. Fairchild is a 6th and 7th grade English language arts teacher at Boyet High School. She has a Bachelor of Science from William Carey College and a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, also from William Carey College.
She has served as the new teacher mentor at Boyet for multiple years. She directed the class performance of Romeo and Juliette at Boyet Jr for multiple years as well. Ms Fairchild has been a Beta Club Sponsor, Literacy Night and Technology Night Presenter, a part of the Guaranteed Curriculum Writing Team, and instrumental every year in Thanksgiving Baskets for Needy Families, Adoption of Service Men and a Sock Drive for the elderly.
Ms. Fairchild has received awards for the Best Mannered Teacher, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Family Promise of St. Tammany Teacher Award.
One of her student’s parents wrote of Ms. Fairchild “For Vicci, teaching isn’t a job, but a calling. She inspires all those she comes in contact with and makes us all want to be a better student, teacher, and friend. Vicci has made an amazing impact on everyone she touches.”
Each year, the Chamber is honored to present local high school students with $1,000 scholarships to assist them with their college expenses.
2016 Recipients were:
Bradley Bozant – Slidell High School
Bradley plans to attend University of Louisiana Lafayette in order to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He plans on going for a Masters Degree in Business and becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Bradley has taken mostly all honors classes and has graduated with 32 college credits. He has been a member of the Slidell High baseball team for 4 years and football for 2. He was the president of the Future Farmers of America, a leader on the Graduation Committee, The National Honor Society and the Beta Club. He has been described as “an outstanding teenager who has demonstrated commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service in both his school and community.”
Noah Roheim– Northshore High School
Noah plans on attending Tulane University and upon graduation from college wants to attend a Veterinary School of Medicine and specialize in Equines, Livestock, or Exotics. He is also interested in genetics and neuroscience. Bradley was President of Future Farmers of America, a member of the Key Club, Student Council Rep in both his Freshman and Senior years. He has been Captain of Louisiana State Equine Quiz Bowl and has placed in numerous competitions. He was a Senior Court Member in 20158 of the St. Tammany Ozone Camellia Club and President of St. Tammany Parish 4-H Junior Leadership. As a member of Louisiana 4-H Citizenship where he served as Secretary, he placed 1st in the Crab-Seafood category, 2nd in One Dish Meal Main Dish – Beef and 2nd in Appetizer/Salad – Egg division in the 2015 4-H Food Fest Contest.
Farrah Flattmann – Pope John Paul II High School
Farrah plans to attend Louisiana State University. She aspires to be accepted into the medical school of her choice where she will become a surgeon. She is unsure at this time what field of surgery she will work in but cardio is her favorite. She received the PJP Academic Excellence Award during her first year and has been named to the Principal’s Honor Roll every quarter of her 4 year attendance at PJP. Farrah is the President and Creator of the Buddies Program, Vice President of the STEM Club, a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the Media Club and Publications. She has also been a member of the schools volleyball and softball teams, Co Captain of the basketball team and Track Field Captain. Farrah , having an autistic younger brother and a grandfather who battled ALS has been given a deep seeded desire to help others and she sees being a surgeon as that opportunity.
Carleigh Faciane – Pope John Paul II High School
Carleigh would like to pursue an economics degree and “at the least” obtain her Masters’. Carleigh has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll for 14 consecutive quarters, she is the President of the National Honor Society, played the lead roll in her High School Musical, President of the Foreign Language Club, Captain of the Cross Country Team, a member of Students Against Substance Abuse. Carleigh is ranked 2nd in her graduating class at Pope. She is described as an exceptional young lady who is dedicated to her education, family and community. As President of the National Honor Society, Carleigh strongly believes and upholds the motto of the Society which is: scholarship, service, leadership and character.
Mary Grace Kelly. – Pope John Paul II High School
Mary Grace will be attending Southeastern Louisiana University where she wants to become a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She loves helping people and feels with this career she will have the opportunity to change people’s lives. She has been a member of the Student Council for two years as Executive Board Vice-President as well as Sophomore Class President. She was Secretary of the Students Against Substance Abuse, member of the National Honor Society, President of the Liturgy Team, President of Sanctity of Life. She was also Captain of the Swim Team and Senior Leader on the Tennis Team. Mary Grace attended the March for Life event in Washington where she was selected to be interviewed by the local media. Mary Grace has a strong commitment to her faith and her community as is evidenced by her never-ending list of accomplishments through her church and various community organizations.