LSC-O’s Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT)
Elects New Officers

The Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) Organization at Lamar State College-Orange has elected officers for the spring semester. TOT is an organization for LSC-O students interested in education whose members are encouraged to participate in meetings and activities. TOT will also provide students with the tools they need to grow professionally and cultivate a further interest in educationally-related topics. The TOT group is in the middle of an active membership drive. Membership cost is $10 per semester which includes a TOT decorated t-shirt. All funds are used for scholarships.

The TOT president for the second semester is Mallory Horton. She is an Associate of Arts in Teaching II education major. Horton is a Deweyville High School graduate where she was a member of the Spanish and History Clubs, the Future Farmers of America and was the school mascot. She was also a member of the Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) for four years. Her favorite hobbies are traveling, going to her church, watching the History Channel and hanging out with friends. She is the daughter of Debra Horton and Henry Horton and a member of the Hartburg Baptist Church. Horton is also the student worker for the Education Division at Lamar State College-Orange.

The TOT vice president is Jeanette Stains. She is an Associate of Arts in Teaching I education major. Stains lives in Buna and is a 1992 Vidor High School graduate. She is a member of the Parent Teacher Association and is the Buna Youth Football League cheerleading coach. She is married to V. G. Stains, Jr. and they have two children, Gus, 11, and Abby, 7. She is the daughter of Roy and Jodi Hare and lists her hobbies as doing crafts and reading.

Whytnee Shattuck is the TOT communication historian. She is an Associate of Arts in Teaching II education major. Shattuck graduated with honors and was ranked fourth in her class at Deweyville High School. She was the president of her school book club, member of the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. Shattuck was also a member of the FCCLA and Future Farmers of America, and was named Student of the Month by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce. Shattuck is the daughter of Mashelle Ledford and John Shattuck and lives in Orange. Her hobbies are reading, creative writing, shopping and listening to music.

Micheal Richard was elected treasurer of the TOT Organization. He is an Associate of Arts in Teaching II education major. He is a graduate of Vinton High School where he was a member of the student council, BETA Honor Society, as well as a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership finalist and a Boys State delegate. Richard was also the president of the Governor’s Program on Abstinence for four years. He is the son of Emma Richard of Vinton, Louisiana and the late Andrew Richard. His hobbies are spending time with family and friends.

The new TOT secretary is Natalie Lavergne. She is a graduate of Orangefield High School and is a secondary education major at Lamar State College-Orange. In high school she served as class secretary during her freshman year and participated in Bobcats Against Drinking and Driving (BADD) for four years. Lavergne was a member of Future Teachers of America, the Honors Art Club and played softball her senior year. She was also a member of Future Career and Community Leaders of America organization. Lavergne is currently a student worker for the Dean of Instruction at LSC-O. She is the daughter of Sue Lavergne of Orangefield and Bubba Lavergne of Mauriceville. She lists her hobbies as hanging out with her boyfriend, family and friends.

The Lamar State College-Orange student government representative to the TOT Organization is Nic Lavergne, brother of Natalie Lavergne. He is also an Orangefield High School graduate and an education major. He lives in Orangefield and lists his hobbies as participating in the Quiz Bowl, reading and playing sports. 

The Teachers of Tomorrow plan several activities during the semester including a Valentine’s Day “Fudge on Your Sweetie” fundraiser, participating in Art in the Park, Spring Day, and Teacher Appreciation Day. Their next meetings are Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29 and April 26. Meetings are held at The Wilson Building on the Lamar State College-Orange campus. Their sponsor is Dorraine Babcock, an instructor for the Introduction to Teaching and Introduction to Special Populations classes. Babcock is a retired public school teacher and is also a college instructor for the Accelerated Certification for Educators Program, which is for students with a bachelor’s degree wishing to obtain a Texas teacher certification.