Fegenbush, Gibbons are candidates for top state awards



St. Mary Parish has the honor of having two educators in consideration for state awards.

Buffy Fegenbush, Berwick High School principal; and Sheryl Gibbons, English teacher at Patterson High School, are finalists in their respective divisions for the titles of state Principal and Teacher of the Year.

Fegenbush has worked in St. Mary Parish for 21 years in numerous capacities including as a new principal mentor. This is the second time she has been named St. Mary High School Principal of the Year, her resume states.

Gibbons has 15 years of experience in the area of English and language arts on the high school level, according to her resume.

Fegenbush attended Eastern Kentucky University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, and most recently, received her doctorate of education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Gibbons attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Arkansas State University where she received her master’s degree in educational leadership.

This is the second time in Gibbons’ career that she has been named a state finalist for teacher of the year, her resume states.

Gibbons has served St. Mary Parish in many capacities such as writing instructional calendars and creating six-week parish assessments in English. Her resume also states she organized and facilitated summer workshops for parish high school English teachers, presenting innovative techniques to improve both teaching and assessment. She serves as the English content leader at Patterson High and is the school’s representative in state training as its teacher leader, according to her resume.

Among Fegenbush’s accomplishments are serving as Louisiana Teacher Leader’s principal representative, mentor for the Educational Leadership Master’s Cohort, on the ULL graduate faculty and the St. Mary Parish Principal’s Association, according to her resume.

She was selected for the International Institute for Education, Korean Studies Workshop in 2008 and the Japan Fulbright Educator Exchange Program in 2006, the resume states.

Fegenbush is a native of Kentucky and has been married to Jeff Fegenbush for the past 21 years. She is the mother of Megan, 18, attending Louisiana State University, and Taylor, 16, attending Berwick High. The principal was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. As someone who knows what a good education can do for one’s life, it has become her life’s work to make sure that others have the same opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, fishing and traveling.

Gibbons lives in New Iberia with her husband, Coby, and son, Zachary. This summer she is on a trip to Peru, while also writing the model content framework for English 2 classes in St. Mary Parish.

The Louisiana Teacher of the Year Program, which is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Education, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Dream Teachers, is an annual event designed to recognize and honor top performing teachers in our state, according to the Dream Teachers website.

The statewide competition is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nonpartisan, nationwide organization of public officials who head departments of education in across the United States, the website states.

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