Galliano Educator Wins Third Place in National Award for Innovative Teaching Program

August 24, 2006 Atlanta, GA and Galliano, LA Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Each day in classrooms across the country, educators work hard to develop creative lesson plans and offer unique and effective ways to help their students succeed – often times dipping into their own pockets to help fund projects. However, these efforts may go unnoticed outside the classroom walls. ING, a global financial services company, has taken notice of these “unsung heroes” for more than a decade and is committed to recognizing and rewarding educators for their hard work.

One of them, Michael St. Pierre, a teacher at South Lafourche High School, was recently recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative educators in the 2006 ING Unsung Heroes awards program. St. Pierre was one of 100 winners who received a $2,000 award to help fund his innovative idea and bring it to life in the classroom. He then went on to take the honor of winning the third place prize of an additional $5,000 making it a grand total of $7,000 to help fund his program idea at his school.

The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes kindergarten through 12th grade educators nationwide for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to make a positive influence on the children they teach. Since handing out the first award in 1996, the program has now awarded more than $2.5 million to more than 1000 educators across the United States. The 2006 ING Unsung Heroes winners were selected from a group of more than 1,100 applications.

St. Pierre developed “Computer Architecture Learn & Serve” to help salvage old computers and computer parts. Students at South Lafourche High School refurbish donated computers and parts and put them back into working circulation in classrooms, libraries, and community-based programs as well as homes of children in such programs as ESL (English as a Second Language) and special education. While participating in the project, students learn hands-on skills that prepare them to take the A+ certification right out of high school. They are learning a skill that can prepare them for a salaried job as a computer technician after finishing high school. St. Pierre resides in Cut Off.

“We at South Lafourche High School are excited about Mr. St. Pierre’s ING grant award,” said Mary Curole, principal of South Lafourche High School. “Mr. St. Pierre’s enthusiasm working with the students in the computer architecture and computer repair classes is evident. The award monies will aid in the purchasing of materials so that the class can continue the service of providing computers in our school and community. Mr. St. Pierre is an excellent teacher; his passion for teaching students about computers and science is evident. We are pleased with his performance.”

“ING is proud to honor educators like Michael St. Pierre as they strive to make a difference in the lives of America’s schoolchildren,” said Bill Jasien, senior vice president of ING U.S. Financial Services. “Our company is committed to education, and at the heart of it are teachers who work tirelessly and go above and beyond in their dedication to our youth. ING is honored to award these teachers across the United States and to be a part of building a strong foundation for our future leaders of tomorrow.”
To learn about this year’s winning projects, as well as those from previous years, visit the ING Unsung Heroes website at Applications for the 2007 ING Unsung Heroes awards are available by calling 1 (800) 537-4180 or emailing

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