Lafayette educator honored with LAE Human and Civil Rights Award _lowres

Patricia Colbert-Cormier, center, receives the Louisiana Association of Educators' 2015 LAE Human and Civil Rights Award from LAE President Debbie Meaux and LAE Vice President Daryl Robertson.

Lafayette Parish teacher and community activist Patricia Colbert-Cormier has received the Louisiana Association of Educators’ 2015 LAE Human and Civil Rights Award, recognizing her contributions to the community on behalf of minorities and women.

“Ms. Colbert-Cormier has truly displayed creativity, perseverance and extraordinary courage in her efforts to spread awareness about the rights of minorities,” Debbie Meaux, association president, said in a news release. “She is a powerful advocate. Not only did she serve in several different capacities within local and state NAACP chapters, she also organized the first Black History Month program at her high school, a charge she has been leading for the past 27 years. Ms. Colbert-Cormier even founded her own education nonprofit group that reaches out to high school dropouts. We can’t think of a more deserving individual for this honor.”

Colbert-Cormier has taught for nearly 50 years and currently is a biology teacher at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy. She said it’s her passion to engage Lafayette’s children in innovative lessons about human and civil rights.

“I understand how important it is for children to engage in activities that positively impact the educational, social and economic lives of Lafayette Parish minorities,” Colbert-Cormier said in the news release. “Our community encompasses many multicultural roots, and for this reason, I am inspired to advocate for diversity among our citizens.”

Meaux presented Colbert-Cormier with the award during the association’s annual assembly on Saturday. Meaux said the educator’s “many community achievements have had a profound impact on the social conscience of the Lafayette community.”

Because of the state honor, Colbert-Cormier will be considered for the National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award.