Title: Secondary School Educator (Retired)
Company: South Park/Beaumont Independent School District
Location: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Janice A. Brassard, Retired Secondary School Educator at South Park/Beaumont Independent School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English.
Ms. Brassard became involved in her profession because it was providence. She went to the University of Texas with the intent of becoming a pediatrician but back in the 1960s that door was not open wide for women. After one and a half years of schooling, she went to the dean and asked how could she get out and start her career and he suggested she go into teaching. After much going back and forth on the topic of what to teach she finally settled on becoming an English teacher. For the next three semesters, she did 21 hours to become a teacher. She received a BS in secondary education form the University of Texas in 1971 and an MEd in supervision from Lamar University in 1975. Ms. Brassard started out as a teacher of English and language arts at the Silsbee Independent School District from 1971 to 1972. She then moved on to become an eighth grade teacher at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School from 1972 to 1973. In 1973, she landed a position as a high school English teacher at South Park/Beaumont Independent School District, where she remained until her retirement in 2005. Since 2005, she has been the owner and an instructor at Miz B’s Tutorial and Educational Consultant to help kids with their schoolwork.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Brassard was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by South Park Independent School District in 1980 and by the Beaumont Independent School District in 1993. She was also named One of 10 Outstanding Teachers by Quality Education of Beaumont in 1986. Ms. Brassard had the honor of having the South Park/Beaumont Independent School District swimming facility named after her. She was also inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations including, the National Education Association, the Retired Texas State Teachers Association and the National Teachers Association to name a few. Furthermore, Ms. Brassard has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who of American Women.
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