Board Member Focus: Carol "Boo" Broussard
After 34 years of teaching, retirement couldn’t quell Carol "Boo" Broussard’s passion to improve educational options for children in Louisiana.
“Once a teacher, always a teacher,” said Broussard. “I care about our youth, and I want to make a difference in their lives.”
But with classroom duties behind her, Carol had to find a new way to help some of Louisiana’s most underserved children get the kind of education they deserve. It was this search that led Carol to her role as a Board Member at The Maxine Giardina Charter School (MAX Charter School).
“One of my greatest satisfactions is in knowing that The MAX Charter School has filled a niche within the public education system by offering an alternative for parents who are frustrated and feel helpless because the needs of their children cannot be met in the traditional public school system,” said Broussard. “I firmly believe that there is no greater responsibility in society than ensuring the safety of our children and the quality of their education. Serving on The MAX Charter School Board of Directors has given me a unique opportunity to accomplish this goal—even after retirement.”
The MAX Charter School is a Type 2 charter run in partnership with Louisiana Center For Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders and the College of Education at Nicholls State University specializing in delivering appropriate public education to children (Grades 1-8) with dyslexia, characteristics of dyslexia, or a co-morbid learning difference related to dyslexia and as identified under Bulletin 1903. The MAX currently enrolls student from Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, and Terrebonne Parishes.
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