WCU Graduate Student Awarded National Troops to Teachers Award
Hattiesburg, Miss., October 9, 2013 - Lt. Jody Babineaux of Lake Charles, La., a student in William Carey University’s Master of Art in Secondary Education program and a seventh grade math and social studies teacher at Power Academy in Laurel (an alternative school), was recently selected to be a member of the National Troops to Teachers (TTT) program. Troops to Teachers is a Department of Defense Program managed by the Defense of Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support in Pensacola, Fla. The Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame was created to honor members of the educational community who have made significant contributions to assist veterans as they transition to the teaching profession.
It is the intent of Troops to Teachers to induct one professional from the education community into the Hall of Fame each year. As part of the honor for being selected, Lt. Babineaux received a $10,000 check and was recognized in a special ceremony on October 1 at Laurel Middle School. Lt. Babineaux is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s ROTC program, a two-time combat action Operation Iraqi war veteran, and one of the few U.S. Armed Force veterans to be selected for the program. In addition to teaching, he has also worked with young men in the community baseball program, and is involved with the semi-professional baseball team the Laurel Black Cats.
Lt. Babineaux’s hard work, commitment to quality education, and dedication to this country were recognized by this exemplary program.