2023 Lafayette Mom Teacher of the Year Winner!


We are excited to announce that the winner of our 2023 Lafayette Mom Teacher of the Year is ::

Kristin Rodriguez – Erath High School – Vermilion Parish

{Nominated by Multiple Parents, Students, & Co-Workers} My mom, Kristin Rodriguez, has made a huge impact on everyone around Erath High School/Erath Middle School. She had taught me in the classroom and at home. Everyone that seems to come up to me always has something positive to say about her. When i say everyone, i mean everyone ALWAYS comes up to me talking up about her. She has brought students food, clothes, hygiene items, and more things that help them out. In a small town like Erath, Louisiana there are many families that help. Kristin is ALWAYS willing to give and go through the pantry, clothes, as well as purchasing things that may benefit students. She has also provided transportation for students (with the permission of the parent) to where they need to be (extracurricular, home, to a friends, etc..). Kristin has helped kids struggling mentally making them feel safe to come to her for anything they may be going through. Nowadays you do not see many teachers that are compassionate enough to create a bond with their students. These bonds with the students help them to respect you more and trust you. I think Kristin would be more than deserving of this award. She always puts herself before anyone else.

Not only is Ms. Rodrdiguez the 2023 Lafayette Mom Teacher of the Year, but she will also win the fabulous prize package giveaway valued at $2,300+ including:

  • “You Are Loved” cuff in bronze from Mimosa Handcrafted Jewelry (value of $69)
  • Jambalaya, gumbo, yellow rice, one pot seasoning AND Fork earrings from Jambalaya Girl (value $25)
  • Bottle of Wine and $50 gift card to Antoni’s Italian Cafe (value of $75)
  • BOTOX treatment (up to 50 units) from Sanova Dermatology (value of $750)
  • 4 tickets for MONSTER JAM 2023 in New Orleans (value of $140)
  • $150 gift card towards any Nutrient IVs & Injections from Vivid Infusion & Wellness 
  • $50 gift card + PJ’s cooler, ceramic coaster, ceramic tumbler, coffee scoop, PJ’s K-cups, 2 pounds of PJ’s whole bean coffee and more from PJ’s Coffee (value of $150)
  • Beans for a year + pencils and highlighters from Blue Runner Foods (value of $250)
  • One copy of “Goodnight Pothole” from Pelican Publishing (value of $20)
  • One case of Frapp (winner picks the flavor) from Acadiana Bottling Company (value of $48)
  • Lanyard and wristband keychain from Lanyard Lovebirds (value of $40)
  • Candles, bath tea and matchsticks gift set from Pure Intentions Candle Company (value of $65)
  • $25 gift card from Sunday’s Soda Fountain
  • Photography session with Lauren Gaspard Photography: 30 Minute Session/One Outfit; Online Proof Gallery; $50 Order Credit For Use Toward Print, Digital, & Product Orders; Local Acadiana Location Options (value of $325)
  • Handmade, light weight polymer clay earrings with Titanium embedded post with sterling silver earrings from ALMA Design and Clay (value of $30)
  • $50 gift card to Evangelene & Company
  • Gift from Kendra Scott (value TBD)
  • $100 gift card from Phoenix Shop (*Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Expires 12/31/23.)

From all of us at Lafayette Mom, a HUGE thank you goes out to all of the teachers who have done such an amazing job this past year under such a challenging set of circumstances. Congratulations to all of those who were nominated!


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