Teacher and coach
Hahnville High School
LEADING THE PACK
Brittany Bonnaffons is now serving in her 12th year as an educator. She teaches college algebra and algebra at Hahnville High School, and serves as head track coach. This school year she was selected as the 2023 State Teacher of the Year, as well as one of 22 educators from across the state chosen for the Louisiana Department of Education’s 2022-23 Teacher Advisory Council.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
“My favorite things about coaching and teaching are getting to see students really come alive inside and outside of the classroom,” she said. “My goal is to bring out the best in students. Yes, I want to teach them math, but I also want to teach them how to find their gifts and use those gifts to make a difference. Making a difference requires making connections with students and to help other teachers do the same. We are all better together.”
Bonnaffons helps to coordinate a group with Marquita George at HHS that brings students in touch with community members once a month for conversations about different career paths. In addition, the group hosts volunteer events like Trunk or Treat.
“As a coach, Don Raymond relays allows my former athletes and current athletes to come together,” she said. “Students get to see the community past and present … we have even hosted a collegiate conference meet at HHS for students to see athletics at the next level right here on their own field.”
Bonnaffons also serves as a volunteer coach in New Orleans during the summer.
“I do have some of my athletes come out to run for my team, and we do host a summer track meet each summer at HHS,” she said.