Zachary resident named WBR Teacher of the Year _lowres

Photo provided by Dot Dickinson -- Gretchen Hurst

Zachary resident Gretchen Hurst was recently honored as Middle School Teacher of the Year by the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

She has been a member of the Brusly Middle School faculty since August 2004, teaching French to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Her introductory French course includes basic French vocabulary and grammar and teaches students about French and Cajun culture and history, a news release said.

A native of Baton Rouge and graduate of Bishop Sullivan High School and Louisiana Tech University, Hurst was editor of the university’s yearbook for two years.

During her teaching tenure, she has participated in numerous continuing education classes including technology workshops, West Baton Rouge Museum Summer Institutes and online studies.

She is a past recipient of the West Baton Rouge Foundation Grant, which allows the accrual of hands-on learning devices that are used in Hurst’s instruction.

The dedication to her students is evident through innovative teaching strategies, including project-based learning and new technology integration, Brusly Middle School Principal Callie Kershaw said.

Hurst is the daughter of John and Dot Dickinson, of Zachary, and married to Jeremy Hurst, a captain with the St. George Fire Department in Baton Rouge.

The couple has two daughters: Olive, 5, and Pearl, 22 months.

Hurst also is a Scout Daisy troop co-leader and member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.