Teachers play a major role in the lives of the children they teach. They strive each day to leave lasting impressions and give students the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life.
Today, we introduce you to another teacher who is making waves in Lafayette Parish and is being honored as a finalist for the LEF Teacher Awards.
Sarah Couvillon knew what her calling in life would be at a young age, but it was as a teaching assistant that she found her true passion.
“I was in an autistic classroom and it just changed my outlook on these kids,” says Couvillon. “They’re unique in their own way.”
Sarah is a special education teacher at Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy. Every day she learns from her students, helping them to take what makes them unique and transform it into a tool to help them thrive.
“We work on being nice to one another, working on normal stuff that you and Ido every day that they struggle with,” says Couvillon. “They work on being nice to one another and opening up.”
Whether it’s learning a new word or just the fundamentals of life, Sarah says she is grateful to her students. She also gives thanks to the person who thought of her as a nominee for the LEF Teacher Award.
“It was a good feeling to be noticed,” she says.
Couvillon also says that being there with her students every step of the way and watching them succeed in life is the best gift she could be given.
“To see them grow on something they couldn’t do when they came in and now they can do and they’re proud they can do it.”
Three years into a career she loves, Sarah says she has much more to give to the students who already give so much to her.