NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will induct several individuals into the Hall of Distinguished Educators and has named one the Outstanding Young Professional for 2019.

This year’s Outstanding Young Professional is Lacy Blocker of Sulphur. The Outstanding Young Professional in Education Award recognizes an individual who made contributions in Pre-K through higher education or to the profession of education through teaching, research or community service. Nominees must be 40 years old or younger, have at least 10 years of meritorious service to education and gained prominence in some areas of teaching, administrative achievement, contributions to research, leadership in professional associations, contributions to professional literature and/or outstanding community service.

Individuals inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Educators must have graduated from Northwestern State at least 30 years prior to nomination. This year’s honorees are Dr. Ben Barron, Dr. Derwood Duke, Johnnie Emmons and Coach Mike McConathy, all of Natchitoches; Theresa Hamilton of Hammond and Barbara Moham of Cedar Hill, Texas. .

The College of Education and Human Development will host a reunion and reception in the Teacher Education Center Commons beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 during NSU’s Homecoming festivities. The induction program will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the TEC Auditorium.

Blocker earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at NSU in 2004. She has been an elementary and junior high English/Language Arts teacher in Rapides, Vernon and Calcasieu parishes and became certified to teach in Texas for one year in the Newton Independent School District. She has served as a teacher leader, sponsor/advisor to student organizations, organized workshops for struggling writers and a weekly book club for students while integrating technology into the classroom.

During her career, she earned many accolades, including being named Teacher of the Year at Pickering Elementary and Vernon Parish Middle School. She was Region VI Middle School Teacher of the Year, Louisiana American Legion Teacher of the Year, Calcasieu Parish School Borad ITEC Model Classroom Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year for Maplewood Middle School and Calcasieu Parish. She was a state finalist this year for Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

She has been married to Jeremy Blocker for 14 years and has a 5-year-old daughter.