Veronica Loche Tappin has announced her candidacy for the Morehouse Parish School Board District-6. The veteran educator was employed by our school system for 43 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Southern University and A & M College, with a major in English and a minor in Speech and Theater. She earned her Master’s + 30 from the University of Louisiana in Monroe in Gifted Education and Aerospace Education.
According to the press release submitted by the Committee to Elect Veronica Loche Tappin, she has a full range of experiences in teaching and sponsoring extra-curricular activities. Her experiences have equipped her with the knowledge to make well-informed decisions as a board member for the benefit of student achievement. Her career span includes: teaching 7th grade English; sponsoring “The Thespians” drama club; coaching the 7th grade girls’ basketball team; teaching English and sponsoring the Drama Club at Bastrop Junior High – West (The Boys’ School); teaching 7th ,8th, and 9th grade English, teaching gifted English, Humanities, Speech and Theater at Bastrop High until her retirement. One highlight each year was the nostalgic “Tribute to the 50’s & 60’s” where students portrayed singers and dancers of that era. One of her trademarks was sponsoring her beloved Bastrop High School Starsteppers. Under her leadership, this group earned many prestigious awards sponsored by the Universal Dance Association (UDA) and National Dance Association (NDA). She has been recognized as Morehouse Parish and Region 8 “Teacher of the Year” and Morehouse Parish and Region 8 Special Education “Teacher of the Year.” In 2017, she was the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from President Barack Obama.
Tappin is known for her passion to see all children succeed. After retirement, she volunteered and worked with the students at Delta Magnet School by providing drama experiences for the students. She served on the planning committee for the “DREAMS” camp and served as a consultant with the program.
Tappin is no stranger to community and public service. She followed her mother’s footsteps, Mrs. Opeary Hill Loche, in becoming an educator. Her father, the late Lee E. Loche served our country in the United States Army and served our community as a Police Juror for 36 years. In 1964, her father established the family owned business, Loche’s Mortuary, Inc. as part of this community. Tappin stated, “It was through the teaching of our parents that my brothers, Howard, Edward and I learned to work hard, be compassionate, and the value of community service.”
Tappin says that she is very concerned about the well being and safety of our children. Her love for the children of Morehouse Parish spans four plus decades. She has taught hundreds of children who have gone on to become productive citizens of our nation. In closing, Tappin said, “It is my desire to encourage positive communication between the superintendent, School Board members, with consideration of teachers, all personnel, parents, students, and the public by being accessible and listening to their needs and concerns. As a board, we must be able to work across party lines, ethnic lines and socio-economic lines for the good of all our children. We need policies and programs that strive for and support a balance between positive, social and personal development. We must make sure that our policies are fair to all our students. Yes, we have challenges, but we also have many opportunities. Education in America is constantly changing. I am looking forward to using the wisdom that I have acquired over the years to help shape that change for our school system.” “Moving Forward for Our Children” is my goal. We must work together for our school system to survive. Our children are our future.”
“I have been surrounded by pubic servants and public service all my life,” Tappin continued. “My husband, the late Robert C. Tappin, also a veteran of the United States Army, served for many years as a Deputy for the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Department and Warden of the Morehouse Parish Detention Center for 17 years. We are the parents of two children, Robert Charles Tappin, Jr. and Robin Tappin Hobbs, and 4 grandchildren.” She and her family are members of the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as the Choir Director, works with the youth Department, and serves on the scholarship committee. She has over the years written and directed many plays through school and church. She is a member of Solomon D. Loche American Legion Post 501 Ladies Auxiliary and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
“I humbly solicit your vote and support in the Nov. 6 election. Early voting begins on October 23, 2018 and ends on October 30, 2018. “Moving Forward for Our Children” can become a reality if we work together. Please cast your vote for #58 Veronica Loche Tappin.