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By Fabiola San Roman

Galveston ISD is proud to announce April's E3 Employee of the Month, Laurent Langevine, Ball High CTE PLTW/AeroSpace teacher.

Langevine has more than 30 years of experience teaching science, mathematics, and technology. He joined Ball High School in January 2007 as a mathematics teacher and then became the PLTW Engineering teacher under the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department in August 2008.

Langevine's professional background includes training and experience in renewable energy project design and implementation. He has a Bachelor's degree in physics/mathematics from the University of Guyana and a Master's degree in solar energy engineering from Cardiff School of Engineering, UK. 

"Teaching is one of the most dynamic and rewarding occupations, and Galveston ISD offers numerous professional growth and development opportunities," says Langevine.  

One of his professional accomplishments was representing Galveston ISD at the 2015 Region IV ESC Teacher of the Year. In this event, he was recognized as a Top 5 Finalist.

Langevine strives to create a rich, stimulating learning environment to empower and challenge students. He believes that a teacher is a facilitator of learning rather than a repository of knowledge. 

"Everyone should leave the learning environment with more knowledge and skills than when they entered," explains Langevine. "Because the best part of teaching is observing students gain confidence as they pursue mastery of concepts and skills."

Below are descriptions of why Langevine's nominators chose him for E3 Employee of the Month:

Mr. Langevine has the amazing talent to make engineering fun and fascinating for his students. I know of many students who he has inspired to pursue some type of career in aerospace engineering, including my daughter. Almost every day, she comes home from school and tells about what she learned in his class. This is her 2nd year taking his course, and she is quite sad that he does not teach a 12th-grade STEM class. His students adore and admire him. Mr. Langevine has a true gift for inspiring his students, and he genuinely cares about their success at school and in life. He is always on the lookout for off-campus internships and educational opportunities for them. And he is constantly filling their heads with endless and achievable possibilities for exciting careers. 

He has been incredibly inspirational to my 16-year-old son, who has taken his aerospace engineering course. I am absolutely amazed at how much he has learned about physics and mathematics in the context of flight. He is an outstanding and effective teacher and can get young students excited about a field that they would otherwise not be exposed to. He teaches theory and provides hands-on exercises. My son says he is one of the best teachers he has ever had. Please consider recognizing his 

Mr. Langevine has proven to be an exceptional teacher and friend to his students. He always makes an effort to make his Aerospace and PTE classes enjoyable and humorous. Many students take great joy in sharing Field Trip and classroom experiences with him. Some may argue he is the best teacher on campus!