Debbie Perkins, of Dutchtown, was honored as the Middle School Physical EducationTeacher of the Year at the 80th Convention of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on Nov. 5-7 in Baton Rouge. Perkins earned her bachelor of science in kinesiology from Southern University in Baton Rouge. She has worked in East Baton Rouge, Assumption, St. James and St. John parishes.

She currently teaches at Garyville Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet in St. John Parish. Perkins is the wife of Dan Perkins and the mother of two sons, Dante and Drezel Perkins. She and her family attend The Word of Life Christian Center in Darrow, under Apostle Leroy Thompson Sr.

She has coached middle and high school girls basketball and volleyball, and all of the teams she’s coached have played in the playoffs. For more than 31 years, she had taught swimming and dancing at a free summer camp for the arts.

She was recently inducted into the hall of fame for the NFL “Fuel up to Play 60.” Perkins, a program advisor, has sponsored the program for six years at her school. Her students have earned state and national recognition for their work and have met professional football and tennis players. The Fuel up to Play 60 program will film her school in December.

“This is the biggest accomplishment of my career,” Perkins said. “God allowed me to place my students on a national stage.”