St. Charles Parish educator receives 2022 Public Interest Fellowship

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 4, 2022

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Education recently announced the winner of the annual Louisiana Public Interest Fellowship for the 2022-2023 school year. Brian Gough of St. Charles Parish was named this year’s honoree during the opening session of the 2022 Teacher Leader Summit. The fellowship program allows recipients to spend a school year advocating for an education initiative of their choosing. These initiatives are aligned to the Department’s priorities. Winners are chosen from the previous year’s list of Louisiana Teacher of the Year Semifinalists and Finalists.

Gough’s fellowship initiative is focused on researching best practices for industry recruitment for internship programs. The goal of this research is to provide schools with tools for promoting internships with industry partners throughout Louisiana.

Brian Gough has been an educator for 26 years and currently serves as the administrative monitor at the St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ Satellite Center, a career center in Luling Louisiana. During his time in education, Gough has taught a variety of subjects from Pre-K to 12th grade, created the interactive media program at the Satellite Center, acted as a systems analyst for the SCPPS ITS Department, technology coordinator for Hahnville High School and Luling Elementary, and as the SCPPS webmaster. Throughout his time in education, Gough has built a reputation as an innovator in the classroom who promotes creative confidence, human centered design and looks at failure as an opportunity to iterate. In addition to teaching, Gough co-created the Satellite Center Video and Animation Festival, which gave a creative outlet for 1000+ students across 10 parishes for a decade; co-created the Linked Online Learners program in 2020, which connects students around the world four times a week; organized the Destrehan Wildcat Robotics face shield program which provided PPE to the medical community in the early months of COVID-19; is a member of the Adobe Education Leaders cohort which connects K-12 and postsecondary teachers around the world; and continues to speak at education conferences around the nation. Gough received his bachelor’s of science in education from Louisiana Tech University and earned his master’s in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.