Title: Librarian (Retired)
Company: Arnaudville Library
Location: Arnaudville, Los Angeles, United States
Claire Mae LaGrange, MEd, Retired Librarian of Arnaudville Library, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library science.
Mrs. LaGrange was inspired by her first-grade teacher, Josephine Benner, to go into the field of education. Despite her love of the field, Mrs. LaGrange dropped out of high school, but earned a diploma through adult education classes. From there, she started working as a teacher’s aide while matriculating at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). She later received a bachelor’s of arts in education and proceeded to earn a master’s degree at Northwestern State University. She retired from teaching in 1996 and continued to serve her communities as a librarian, first at the Teche Elementary School, then for the St. Martin Parish Libraries and lastly at Arnaudville Library.
During the 1996-1997 school year, Mrs. LaGrange was named the Teacher of the Year at Cecilia High School. In 2018, she was recognized with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. In her career, she was a fellow of the University of Louisiana Alumni Association and a member of the Northwestern State University Alumni Association, the National Education Association, the American Library Association, the National English Honor Society, the Louisiana Association of Educators and the St. Martin Association of Educators. Mrs. LaGrange believes without God in her life, she would not have achieved any of her desires. To God be the glory, she believes.
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