I was so excited to be able to attend the VIP Reception hosted by Discovery Education Network (DEN) and Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) tonight at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. Over 150 distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the announcement of the winning users of Discovery Streaming through the LPB portal.
I got to meet the top using educator from the state of Louisiana. That honor is held by Tina Johnson of Evangeline Parish with over 11,000 hits to the material offered by Discovery. Tina, a fourth grade teacher, and her principal, Marie Therese Janice, were on hand to receive kudos for attaining the distinction of the highest usage of the services offered through the LPB portal. During the VIP reception, Johnson and Janice, were awarded a plaque and had a photo opportunity with environmentalist extraordinaire, Philippe Cousteau.
Cousteau was on hand to present all the award winning schools and teachers their plaques. He visited two schools in the Baton Rouge area earlier in the day to talk about the impact of the BP oil spill in Southeastern Louisiana. He said he was moved to see the fire and passion displayed by the students at the schools he visited with regards to the recovery efforts.
My evening was topped off when Justin Kralow and Jennifer Dorman, both from Discovery Education Network, arranged for me to do a one-on-one interview with Philippe Cousteau. Philippe and I discussed the impact of the oil spill on the Gulf Coast region. Then I asked him how I could get my elementary students involved in the clean up efforts. Stay tuned and I will share the link to the interview when it becomes available.
I would like to thank everyone involved in tonight’s event. It is an evening I will always cherish.