NEW IBERIA, La. - An elementary school principal in Iberia Parish received some special recognition on Wednesday.
Tim Rosamond, the principal of North Lewis Elementary is being named a Knight in the French Order of Academic Palms.
It recognizes those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture.
The Academic Palms became a decoration under Napoleon III making it the oldest non-military French decoration.
"This is near and dear not just to my heart, but to everybody; everybody here in Louisiana," said Rosamond. "We know our heritage we know who we are. Having just a small part in keeping that culture and the language alive means a lot, not just to me but to everybody here at North Lewis."