Degrees and Certifications:
Mississippi Valley State University Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Foreign Language Highly Qualified Teacher - English, Grades 6-12 Teacher of the Year 2012-2013 (Loachapoka High School) Louisiana - 1999-2005 English/French (Grades 9-12) Alabama - 2005 - present English/Reading/French (Grades 7-8)
I have been teaching for 18 years. I'm originally from the southwestern part of Louisiana. My neck of the woods is known as "Cajun County." However, I come from a Creole family.
Because our cultures have blended well together, many people assume our backgrounds are the same, but there's a difference. Cajuns are the descendants of the Acadians of Eastern Canada who were expelled from Canada by the British in 1755. When they came to Louisiana, they settled in the swamps as they did in Canada. Their lifestyle and food is a reflection of the swamp culture. The Creoles, like my family, are people of a mixed ancestry. We are from the African, Caribbean, French, and Spanish cultures that came to Louisiana and settle along the Gulf of Mexico. Our food, customs, and traditions are also a reflection of our blended cultures.
From gumbo to Zydeco, Louisiana culture is like no other. New Orleans, most of the time, gets credit for having the best food because tourists never go further west. Try the Acadiana area, where I'm from, and you'll see for yourself.