5 Livingston Parish educators experience marine training in a workshop

LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) – Five educators from Livingston Parish had the unique chance to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a Navy recruit during a Marine Corps Educator Workshop .

Literacy and Technology Center Deputy Principal Nikki Lavergne, Walker High School teacher Jessica Wagner and coaches Rob Chapman and Doug Dotson, and Denham Springs High School teacher Maria Ryan traveled to Parris Island, Carolina du Sud, for the workshop in mid-January.

“It was an absolutely amazing experience,” Wagner said. “We had the chance to see firsthand what the recruits go through, from getting off the bus to the intervention of the drill instructors at the controls. It was very interesting.”

Staff Sgt. Devin Kennett, Senior Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island and Educator Workshop Coach, said the workshop gives educators a better understanding of how the training process works and knowledge of resources. that they can share with the students.

“I have a son in college who expresses an interest in a military career, so I had a very personal interest in finding out more,” Lavergne said. “I will say that I have a lot less apprehension, and I’m impressed with the many opportunities that exist with the Marine Corps.”

“I would definitely tell my students not to dismiss the military as an option. Do your research and find out what’s out there, because there’s a lot to choose from,” she said.

Wagner added: “I wish someone had taken the time to show me all the possibilities that exist for rookies when I was younger. It could have been life changing. »

Educators visited the Crucible, a field training exercise, and sat in on classroom-style sessions where they learned about family preparedness, tuition assistance and more programs offered by the Marine Corps.

“Marine Corps Recruiting Command offers Educator Workshops as an opportunity for teachers, principals, counselors, coaches, and media to experience the basic training process first hand,” Sgt. Danielle Prentice of the 6th Marine Corps District said. “The workshops provide attendees with up-to-date information on Marine Corps training practices, military job skills, service opportunities, the military lifestyle, and educational benefits available to Marines.”

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