Educator, coach honored for 43 years of perfect attendance

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Can you imagine going 15 years without missing a day of work? What about 20 years? What about not missing a day of class?

A teacher employed in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System accomplished both in his 45-year career as an educator and mentor to youth in the community.

Boy's head basketball coach and P.E. teacher at Glen Oaks High, Harvey Adger, has been working for EBR since 1972. In that time, Adger has reportedly only missed two days: one in 1972, and one in 1996.

Saturday evening Adger was recognized among friends, family, and colleagues also in the school system, for maintaining his perfect attendance record for forty-three years.

Though Adger is regularly acknowledged for his commitment and diligence to both his career and students, he was specifically recognized for setting an example of excellence at The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System's annual Celebrate Gala. The Celebrate Gala honors the commitment of outstanding educators in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. Annually, the foundation awards the "Teachers of the Year" and "Principal of the Year" from schools in the system.

Additional educators recognized at the 2018 event included:

  • EBR Elementary Principal of the Year, Candice Hartley, Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • EBR Middle School Principal of the Year, Sean Joffrion, McKinley Middle Magnet School
  • EBR High School Principal of the Year, Scott Stevens, Woodlawn High School
  • EBR Elementary Teacher of the Year, Mary Trigg, LaSalle Elementary
  • EBR Middle School Teacher of the Year, Emily DeFoe, Sherwood Middle Magnet School
  • EBR High School Teacher of the Year, Kristin Bumgardner, Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Each of the teachers graduating from the Foundation's STEM Fellows program: Brittany Bush, George Cage, Ingrid Cruz, Karen DaFoe, Lauraleigh Eddleman, Della Faulkner, Cecilia Flores, Katrice Hall, Wanda McFarland, Kathrin McGregor, Ronil Merto, Cheryle Peters, Jessica Vicknair, and Armetta Wright

"The Foundation is honored to host this wonderful celebration of great educators in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. As an organization, we strive to support innovation and academic excellence. The Foundation is proud to honor the work of these highly committed teachers," says Keila Stovall, Executive Director, Foundation for EBRSS.

Additionally, 76 educators from schools across the district, selected by their peers were honored as Teachers of the Year from each school within the school system.

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