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Teacher Appreciation Week (1982)

Education Update



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-03-23

Duration: 00:27:30

Subjects: Education | TEACHERS | School integration.


  • Geltner, Naomi Host
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Bell, Terrell Speaker
  • Joseph, D.G. Interviewee
  • Harrison, Gloria Interviewee
  • Clement, Tracie Interviewee
  • Papazaglakis, Beth Interviewee
  • Naquin, Maureen Interviewee
  • Watkins, Lorraine Interviewee
  • Dupont, Allen Interviewee
  • Mabile, Marie Interviewee
  • Paige, Frances Interviewee
  • Brumfield, Vernon Interviewee
  • Guidry, Lloyd Interviewee
  • Thomassie, Roland Interviewee
  • Cheramie, Annette Interviewee
  • Screen, Pat Interviewee
  • Coco, Francis Interviewee


This episode of the series “Education Update” from March 23, 1982, features the latest education news in Louisiana. Naomi Geltner first reports on the week’s education headlines, including highlights of a press conference with United States Secretary of Education Terrell Bell during a recent visit to Lafayette. Next, Rick Smith reports on the new federal desegregation order for the secondary schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. Lastly, Geltner profiles several outstanding teachers in Louisiana in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, including: Gloria Harrison, a seventh-grade teacher at Raceland High School; Maureen Naquin, a second-grade teacher at Lafargue Elementary School; Lorraine Watkins, a math teacher at Thibodaux High School; Vernon Brumfield, a history teacher at South Lafourche High School; and Father Francis Coco, a former teacher at Jesuit High School. Her report includes interviews with: D.G. Joseph, the dean of education at Nicholls State University; Gloria Harrison, teacher; Tracie Clement, student teacher; Beth Papzaglakis, parent; Maureen Naquin, teacher; Lorraine Watkins, teacher; Allen Dupont, student; Marie Mabile, student teacher; Frances Paige, principal; Vernon Brumfield, teacher and former POW; Lloyd Guidry, teacher; Roland Thomassie, assistant principal; Annette Cheramie, student; Baton Rouge Mayor Pat Screen; and Father Francis Coco, former teacher.