Lafayette High School mourns teacher’s death

Lafayette High School teacher Alicia Gauthier died Monday after falling ill while teaching a social studies class, Superintendent Pat Cooper said.

“Her commitment to her students, her co-faculty and the staff at Lafayette High School was so great that all who knew her well know that she left us while doing what she loved most, teaching American history,” Cooper said in a news release.

Gauthier taught in Lafayette Parish public schools for 28 years and for 15 years at Lafayette High, where she was a talented teacher known for placing her students first, said Patrick Leonard, Lafayette High principal, in a news release.

Gauthier was certified to teach gifted social studies and biology, though American history was her favorite subject to share with students, Leonard said.

“Her dedication and commitment was felt by all here at our school,” Leonard said.

Cooper extended condolences to Gauthier’s family, her students and colleagues at Lafayette High.

He said the district will provide support at the school for anyone who requests it.

Funeral arrangements are pending.