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A+PEL Names 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Tuesday, June 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Nero
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DATE:            June 26, 2017


CONTACT:  Lauren P. Nero, General Counsel
Director of Advocacy and Communications

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Honoring School Volunteers from Throughout the State

The Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) announces that its 2017 Volunteer of the Year ceremony was held on June 15, 2017 at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. Thirteen former educators, parents, grandparents, and mentors were selected as State Volunteer of the Year Finalists recognized for their dedication to both students and teachers in Louisiana’s public schools.


These volunteers were selected by teachers throughout the state.  They were nominated by members of A+PEL, a nonprofit professional education association committed to advancing teachers as career professionals. By focusing on professional development, teacher advocacy, and excellence in education, A+PEL works tirelessly to empower Louisiana’s youth for future success. 


Recognized for their efforts as State Finalists were Mark Peters of Ascension Parish, Beverly Dennis of Caddo Parish, Amanda L. Stenson of Abramson Sci Academy (Charter Schools within RSD), Stephanie Liprie of Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (Charter Schools outside of RSD), Karla Emfinger of Franklin Parish, Tally Bernard of Lafayette Parish, Jessica Becht of Livingston Parish, Jorge E. Cosenza of Plaquemines Parish, Staci Gilstrap of Ouachita Parish, and Rhonda Taylor of Rapides Parish. Chosen as 2017 State Volunteer of the Year was Gregory T. Quick of St. Mary Parish.


Mr. Quick gives a minimum of fifteen hours each week to his school and has been volunteering for over fifteen years.. On a typical day, Mr. Quick can be found coaching Berwick’s bowling team, assisting with the school’s band, cooking for the football team, collecting money at athletic event gates, and helping with athletics in any way he can. In addition to his work at the school, Mr. Quick cooks for different organizations and benefits such as Miles Liner 5k run, National Guard, Back the Blue, Franklin High School, Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament. Mr. Quick is also responsible for the integration of a bowling team into the school, in which he “provides a place in athletics for those students that don’t have a ‘place’ or ‘thing’ in the school, and allows for activity and growth for those kids,” remarks a member of the staff of Berwick.


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