Dr. Anna Bourgeois, St. Michael High School biology teacher, has been named a Distinguished Educator by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and awarded the Lead, Learn, Proclaim award by the National Catholic Educational Association. The Lead, Learn, Proclaim award recognizes the outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements of a teacher on behalf of Catholic school education. Honorees of this award support a rigorous academic program that integrates faith across subject area and embrace Catholic identity by supporting the development of students across family and faith.
Dr. Bourgeois, previously a veterinarian for 13 years, has been helping SMHS students discover their love for science for the past 16 years, and says the best part about teaching is the relationships she creates with her students. “I most enjoy forming a rapport with my students that allows us to have conversations that extend from just science into science and faith,” she says. She also said teaching at a Catholic school has played a large role in her faith life. “St. Michael has deepened and enriched my faith beyond anything I could have imagined.”
Her hard work in the classroom shows through the success and joy of her students. Senior, Trey Parker, says that Dr. Bourgeois not only helps students feel prepared for college, but encourages students to explore their faith while learning. “It is clear that her intention is not to merely teach biology, but to instill in us a necessary wonder and awe for God and His creation.”
Dr. Bourgeois was celebrated at a Diocesan Mass on January 31, 2018 at St. George Church. National recognition for her Lead, Learn, Proclaim award occurs at the NCEA 2018 Convention and Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 3 – 5.