Dutchtown High teacher wins honor society award

Mindy Rose
Mindy Rose

Mindy Rose, general cooperative education coordinator and teacher at Dutchtown High School, was the latest recipient of the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Rose has been with Dutchtown High since 2010, teaching family and consumer science, customer service and general cooperative education. She served as an adviser for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and for the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

In her role as adviser of the high school’s FCCLA chapter, a student community service organization focused on family and consumer sciences, she brought a campaign to prevent texting and driving to the Geismar community. The chapter was named first-place winner of the community service award at the state FCCLA leadership conference for its contributions to Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

Rose also was awarded the 2013 FCCLA Master Adviser Award.

At the Louisiana DECA Career Development Conference, the Dutchtown chapter received an Outstanding DECA Chapter Award and Rose won an Outstanding Chapter Adviser Award.

“Great teachers change lives by inspiring students to recognize their gifts and to learn how to use them inside and outside of the classroom,” said Beth Wilkins, Kappa Delta Pi International president. “We are so proud of the work Mindy has done to improve the lives of the students at Dutchtown High School. She has, no doubt, made them better students, people and members of the community.”

Rose serves as a mentor teacher, passing on her experiences, strategies and successes with students and parents to new teachers, a news release said.

“I know Ms. Rose both professionally and personally. I have a special needs daughter who attends Dutchtown High School where Ms. Rose teaches,” said Marilyn Lambert, Ascension Parish Court judge. “Though my daughter is unable to function as a regular education student, Ms. Rose made her feel like she was part of the class and always treated her the same as the other students. She also encouraged the other students to mentor (her) and treat her like one of their own. As parents, my husband and I appreciate the extra effort that made such a difference in (her) life.”