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Two More Commemorated on the Roll of Honor and in ACEI's Book of Remembrances.

ACEI recently added the names of Vivian Bourgeois and Patricia Ann Johnson to its Roll Of Honor. Although no longer with us, these women contributed much that will be appreciated and remembered in the Association's permanent archival records. Their biographies and photographs are entered 'in the ACEI Book of Remembrances, and their names are inscribed on the Roll of Honor, which is displayed at Headquarters.

Vivian Bourgeois

One of six children, Vivian Bourgeois contracted polio-myelitis at the age of 18 months old. Even though the disease left her crippled in one leg, she never wavered in her determination to always fight for what was right in education.

Bourgeois began her education in the New Orleans Public School System. She went on to earn two degrees from Tulane University. Summer graduate scholarships provided 7her with the opportunity to study Remedial Reading at Boston College, Intercultural Relations at the University of Chicago, and Research at Tulane. Special short-term courses at Lousiana State University and Xavier University completed her formal college education.

At age 18, Bourgeois began her career as a kindergarten teacher. In the following 11 years, she taught four additional elementary school levels, including grades 1 and 8. She was subsequently named Supervisor of Educational Measurement for elementary schools. Her responsibilities were later extended to include all public high schools in the city. In 1975, she retired after 42 years of service with the New Orleans Parish School Board.

Throughout her career, Bourgeois was active in education and civic associations. She served as President of local ACE1 Branches, the Louisiana Teachers Association, the Professional Personnel Association, and the Pi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She served as Louisiana State President of ACEI, as well as of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. In 1983, she was cited for her work with ACEI. In 1984, she received the State Achievement Award from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society. In 1993, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International named a $2,000 annual Special Projects Award in her honor.

Patricia Ann Johnson

Long-time ACEI member Patricia Ann Johnson was born in Hodge, Mississippi, and raised in Houma, Louisiana. In the early 1960s, she attended Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University. She went on to earn her master's degree in education from Loyola University.

Throughout her career, Johnson held various offices in Delta Kappa Gamma. She served ACEI in various positions as well, including Chapter President of ACEI New Orleans and Chairman of Planning Committee for State ACEI meetings. In addition, she worked on three Regional Planning Committees for ACEI in Biloxi, Atlanta, and New Orleans, and she served on various State ACEI committees. Johnson attended many ACEI international conferences, always encouraging students to attend with her guidance.

Johnson was devoted to teaching and professional development. She was active as a teacher and member of professional organizations. In addition, she informally tutored and counseled troubled children and tutored adults working on their GED.
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Title Annotation:Association for Childhood Education International
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Date:Mar 22, 2001
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