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Hope Academy Recognized by Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children

Hope Academy is proud to announce that the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children (LACEC) has recognized and awarded two individuals and one business for their service and advocacy to those in the special education community.

LACEC has named Principal Linda Stone the 2014 Special Education Leadership Professional of the Year.  Teachers Mr. Matthew Caillet, Mrs. Jenny Zeringue, and Mrs. Joey Simoneaux nominated Ms. Stone for her service to Hope Academy and the special education community with special emphasis of her work in coauthoring legislation with Representative Franklin Foil for the School Choice Scholarship Program (originally Act 515), the CABAS® program, and the plethora of service projects she has undertaken, participated in, and, supervised.

Jan Chiles, former PAF President and current member of the Hope Academy Board of Trustees, is the 2014 LACEC Parent Advocate of the Year.  Mrs. Chiles has orchestrated and participated in numerous projects, both formal and informal, and has volunteered endlessly for not only Hope Academy but also the special education community.  She is the second person to receive this honor in Louisiana and Hope Academy.  Mr. Caillet and the 2013 Parent Advocate Mrs. Christie Schexnayder nominated her.

Finally, Hope Academy is pleased to announce that Bet-R, co-owned and managed by Cliff Boulden, is the LACEC Business of the Year.  Bet-R currently employs numerous Hope Academy students, alumni, and their families in various positions, and Mr. Boulden and his employees have voluntarily coached the school’s flag football and basketball teams.  Mr. Caillet and Special Education Director Ms. Sharon Moore nominated Bet-R.

Ms. Stone, Mrs. Chiles, and Bet-R will be recognized at the LACEC Super 33 Conference Awards Program & President’s Reception on Monday, January 27 at 3:30 PM at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

Hope Academy Entertains CABAS® Representatives

Hope Academy was greeted by representatives from the CABAS® (Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling) program. Dr. R. Douglas Greer, Professor of Psychology and Education and SBA, SRS at Columbia University in New York,

and representatives from the Jigsaw School of Surrey, United Kingdom, visited Mrs. Jenny Zeringue’s Limited Enrollment class at Hope Academy today, October 17, 2013. They visited in support of the CABAS® initiative currently in progress and used in very few schools and institutions around the world.

From (L-R): Sarah Walker, Linda Stone, Katie Axon, Dr. Grant Gautreaux, Dr. R. Douglas Greer, Jenny Zeringue, Dr. Lin Du, Lauren Becnel, Carla Graves

Hope Academy and Dr. Hoppe Make the News

Recently, Hope Academy has made the news as local CBS affiliate WAFB covered Dr. Don Hoppe’s Seminars in one of its Healthline Segments. The segment discussed the strong parental relationship between the school, its staff, and Dr. Hoppe. You may read and watch the segment here.

Mrs. Christie Schexnayder–CEC Parent Advocate of the Year

Hope Academy is proud to announce that Mrs. Christie Schexnayder has been nominated and awarded the first-ever Parent Advocate Award by the Louisiana State Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). Mrs. Schexnayder was recognized at the Super 32 conference in Lafayette, LA on January 28 in the presence of her family and Hope Academy faculty members. She was nominated by high school teachers Mr. Matthew Caillet and Ms. Sue Mclin.

Mrs. Schexnayder has donated countless hours towards the betterment of Hope Academy by serving on PAF, orchestrating numerous fundraisers and events, and substituting for various teachers. Her son, Aaron, is a ninth grade student at Hope Academy. As it was stated in one of her nomination letters: “To say that Mrs. Schexnayder volunteers her time and services to Hope Academy would be an understatement. Mrs. Schexnayder devotes her time daily to the school and substitutes for teachers without asking for any monetary compensation. On a daily basis, she also assists a teacher with a moderate-sized class every morning, handling students who are tardy and those needing special attention and control. Mrs. Schexnayder also assists and volunteers with numerous school functions and activities throughout the school year. She spots the uniqueness of each exceptional student and does an outstanding job tailoring her instruction and service to that student’s needs.

“The administration at Hope Academy encourages faculty and staff to work as a team in educating each individual student. Mrs. Schexnayder, with her endless devotion and kindness, serves as a shining beacon to myself and my coworkers.” Congratulations, Mrs. Schexnayder!