St. Joseph’s Academy faculty member Claire Luikart has been named the Region 2 Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE). Luikart is the director of SJA’s Andrea Clesi McMakin ’74 STEM Lab.
Luikart was recognized at the LACUE Annual Conference, held November 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans.
“It’s good to know that the methods and experimental projects we do within the STEM Lab are recognizable and pushing the limits of the current educational paradigm,” Luikart said.
Luikart was nominated by Family and Consumer Science teacher Amy Neck, whose clothing construction classes work with the STEM Lab to create unique projects. “What most intrigues me about Claire is her savvy way of combining her computer/tech skills with my sewing curriculum,” Neck said. “I have collaborated with Claire for four years. My students have an opportunity to design their own fabric through laser cutting. Once the fabric comes off the laser machine, my students sew their skirt. What my students get to do is truly cutting edge, and this opportunity would not happen without Claire.”
SJA faculty members Melinda Bailey and Emily Peavy were among the presenters at the 34th annual LACUE Conference. Baily’s presentations were titled “Online Tools for Assessing Learning” and “Digital IPAs!” Peavy presented on the topics of “App Takeover: Apps for Every Device” and “Going Places with Google Tour Creator.”
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Photos courtesy of Melinda Bailey, Krysia Sherburne and Jennifer M. Fontaine