Apr 17, 2014 5:11 PM by Kari Beal
It was a day of memory for Lafayette High School Teacher Alicia Gauthier. Classes were canceled so the school could take time to remember who she was and what she did. Gauthier fell ill Monday afternoon while teaching one of her classes. She was a teacher at Lafayette high for almost 15 years and taught history and biology. Many students say they will never forget her charisma and fun spirit.
"Ms. Gauthier is someone who wouldn't have wanted us to sit around and cry, she'd say why aren't you in class. We tried to set it up that way," LHS student Maleline Guilbeau said.
Guilbeau and other students sang John Legends song "All of me" in memory of Gauthier. The words and images described in a PowerPoint presented during the song said Lafayette High was her second home and second family. She was a woman who could bake, love and bring smiles to so many faces.
"She was hilarious. She'd make fun of us. If she made fun of you, she cared about you, she'd ask us how our day was going,' Guilbeau said.
Guilbeau just met Gauthier this year, but she said the teacher's mark will last forever in the hearts and minds of so many.
"We love her and will miss her," Guilbeau said.
Before ending the memorial the Lafayette High Principal Patrick Leonard awarded Gauthier the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award.
Funeral services for Gauthier will be held April 22 at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Broussard.