Delgado Student Monica Simms Appears On The Today Show

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Hilton Guidry

Monica Simms, a Delgado Community College Culinary Arts student and single mother of three, is studying to be a pastry chef. She got the surprise of a lifetime today when she appeared on the Today Show on NBC to receive a $10,600 check from Arrowhead Mills and also a set of “Cake Boss” tools from Buddy Valastro himself!

You can see the full clip here (sorry for the quality, it was taken from my iPhone on the TV).

The Today Show website also posted a video of Simms in the studio; this version does not include her backstory and surprise video of her in New Orleans.

Student Success Snapshot – Jancarlos “J.C.” Romero

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset10 THINGS U SHOULD KNOW

Dee Shedrick

  1. What year did you graduate from Delgado Community College?

“2009.”

  1. What was your major at Delgado?

“General Studies with an emphasis in English.”

  1. What were your educational/academic accomplishments after graduating from Delgado? (School/s attended, degree/s acquired–with dates of graduation)

“I pursued an undergraduate degree in sociology and social work from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, and I am currently finishing my Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Northeastern University in Boston. In the fall, I will begin my doctoral studies in education.”

  1. Where do you work now?

“I work for an arts-integration charter school in the Greater New Orleans area.”

  1. What do you do?

“I teach third grade to 24 of the most awesome eight and nine year olds in the world, and I also serve as an instructional coach. As an instructional coach, I mentor and coach teachers on curriculum/lesson planning, classroom management, and culture building.”

  1. What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you least enjoy?

“The thing that I enjoy most about my work is knowing that I am positively changing lives every day. Teachers lay the foundation for all professions, and that is such a powerful thing to be able to do. I also enjoy the relationships that I am constantly building with students, parents, and other teachers.”

“There is not anything in particular that I enjoy the least about my work. Every day is a new day and each day brings about its own challenges; however, teachers need to continue remaining steadfast in the work that they do in order to continue being the best advocate for children. That’s how I think of it, anyway.”

  1. Are you involved in other organizations or do any volunteer work in the community?

“Being an educator consumes my entire life, so I am not as active as I used to be in the community. Most recently, I served as Vice Chairman of the Young Democrats of New Orleans and was on the Board of Directors for the LGBT Community Center of Louisiana. I like to continue keeping myself busy by advocating for the LGBT community in New Orleans as much as I can, though.”

  1. At Delgado, you were the Student Government President (SGA) how has being president helped you personally and professionally?

“Serving as the student body president at Delgado was one of the best experiences of my life. It truly taught me to grow as a professional, but it also strengthened my leadership and communication skills. I often tell my students about that experience and explain to them that they can grow up to be whatever they want. As a high school dropout, prior to attending Delgado, I did not think that I would be able to accomplish much, but having been SGA president ignited a fire (of passion toward leadership and serving others) that continues to be lit inside of me. Delgado provided me with so many opportunities, and I am forever grateful. Each day, I take the positive lessons learned at Delgado, particularly those learned when I was SGA president, and apply them to all that I do. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to Michelle Greco, Melanie Deffendall, Gwen Boutte, Jeannie Brown, Susan Hague, Debbie Lea, Dr. Arnel Cosey, Dr. Brenda Bryant, and so many others for helping me achieve many of my dreams. I often tell my students that ‘Mr. Romero started from the bottom, now I’m here.’ ”

  1. Do you plan to ever leave New Orleans and live elsewhere?

“I do not know. Currently, I live very happily here with my partner and our two dogs. We both are educators in New Orleans and love what we are doing in this city. If an opportunity to grow personally or professional came about (and if it was the right thing for me and him), then I think I might transition elsewhere. Until then, I am just enjoying life and seeing where the winds take me.”

  1. What is your ultimate career goal?

“I would like to eventually serve as a school leader at a charter school. Whether it happens or not, the one thing that I do know is that I want to work in the field of education for the rest of my life. I want to continue being a life-changer.”

Mayor’s Ball 2015

Dee Shedrick

Dee Shedrick

The mayor’s ball was held February 11, 2015 at the historic Gallier Hall downtown. I thought it was really cool to have an pic 2assortment of at least 20 king cakes from different bakeries and restaurants from around town. My dad liked the king cake from Daddy’s Donuts the best.

It was also nice to attend the ball and actually meet Mayor Landrieu. He was very cordial and friendly and I even spotted him cutting a rug to Iko Iko. Laissez les bons temps rouler! It’s carnival time!