At Waller Elementary School in Bossier City, fourth-grade teacher Michael Comeau's innovative instructional approach transforms low-achieving students into high-achieving learners. Starting each year with the lowest scorers in the annual state assessment, Mr. Comeau maintains rigorous standards while making learning fun. His "Saturday Explorations" bring students in on weekends for four hours of academic work, followed by lunch at a restaurant and a motivational field trip to a ballgame or a movie. He wrote and received a grant for "Laptops for Learning," providing students and parents with laptops and training on how to use them. Through "Partnership Waller," Mr. Comeau teaches students the importance of community participation through frequent service learning projects ranging from painting the homes of elderly citizens to planting 1,200 trees. Last year, his instructional strategies helped all but one of his students pass the state assessment, achieving a higher pass rate than the school and state averages.
1993 Auburn University, B.S.