There is a new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, and she is from Acadiana.

Longtime teacher Deborah Meaux has been the new president of the LAE.

Meaux spent 38 years in the classroom, and she most recently was a French teacher at Kaplan High School who retired in May.

Yesterday, Meaux took over the reigns of the organization from Joyce Haynes who served two terms as president.

Meaux says she will work hard to reinforce the community's faith in public schools.

The public school advocate says she will also work to support teachers.

Meaux will be in charge of heading ups meetings of the LAE, the board of directors, and she will lead the charge for LAE issues in the Louisiana Legislature.

Meaux also plans to focus on working with the Louisiana Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on fine-tuning the state's troubled teacher performance evaluation system.