Livingston Parish School community featured in statewide Dream Teachers video project


Some of the Livingston Parish people interviewed for the Dream Teachers video included, from left, South Fork Elementary Teacher Eileen Jarman, Live Oak High School History Teacher Gary Mitchell, Denham Springs Junior High School Science Teacher Elliot Coats, and Livingston Parish Middle School Student of the Year Reese Kennedy, an 8th grader from Denham Springs Junior High. Others highlighted in the Dream Teachers videos include Denham Springs Junior High Principal Bryan Wax and Teacher Laura Foy, Gray’s Creek Elementary Teacher Marcus Bennett and Springfield High School Teacher Erin Toney.

Administrators, teachers and one Student of the Year from Livingston Parish Schools appear in videos made by the non-profit organization Dream Teachers. The videos recognize education efforts taking place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dream Teachers is a statewide non-profit organization that raises public awareness of the teacher profession. According to David St. Romain, a member of the organization, Dream teachers is working with companies to air the PSA videos on local television and radio station. They are also looking to have the messages featured on billboards.

“The idea for these videos started when the folks at Dream Teachers heard about the many wonderful things being done by our districts across the state during this time of school closures. I shared information about what our people are doing here in Livingston Parish, and the producer was so impressed that he asked if we would participate,” Livingston Parish Schools Superintendent Joe Murphy said.

Superintendent Joe Murphy is interviewed by David St. Romain for the special Dream Teachers video.

The videos highlight the how teachers are engaging students while the stay-at-home order prohibits face to face contact in class rooms.

“All the credit goes to our teachers for their efforts to quickly put take-home packets together, to upload course materials online, and to utilize telecommunication strategies that has allowed them to remain engaged with their students during this time,” Murphy said. “Our teachers are professionals, and they do great jobs; but the biggest factor in all of this is the fact that our teachers care about our students. That’s really at the core of who we are in Livingston Parish, and it really shows in times like this.”

All the videos produced by Dream Teachers can be viewed at or on the organization’s Facebook page.

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