Debi Fontenot – Teacher
Debi is married to Josh and they have 3 sons. She has been an aide for 6 years and has prior teaching experience at St. John’s and Bethel. She is a member at FBCJ. Debi is a JHS graduate and attended McNeese and Sowella where she received her CNA/LPN. She likes to fish, craft, photograph, learn new trades and spend time with her family. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the excitement on the kids’ faces when something “clicks”! She enjoys listening to them read after they realize that they actually read. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.”
Gabbie Lavergne – Aide
Ashley Bishop – Teacher
Ashley has been married to Cody for twelve years and they have one son, Brody. She enjoys fishing and being on the lake with her husband. Ashley graduated dental school in 2011, then worked as a dental assistant. They traveled for eleven years before settling in Welsh, LA. She has been a member of FBCJ since 2022. Ashley’s favorite scripture is: Luke 6:31, Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.
Bethany Compton – Teacher
Pat Clifford – Aide
Pat has 3 children and 11 grandchildren. She has been an aide since 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana College. She retired after working for 33 years for the State of Louisiana. Pat enjoys doing puzzles, cross-stitching, crafting, and playing board games with her grandkids. She was born and raised in Jennings and her parents attended and served at FBCJ. She has also been a member, since the age of 7, after accepting Jesus and being baptized. Pat attended the very first Kindergarten at FBCJ. Pat loves craft-time in the classroom and her favorite scripture is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In All your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Alexis Buller – Aide
Jolaine McCluer – Teacher
Jolaine and her husband, Robert, have been married for 28 years. They have 3 children: Jacob, Ali and Mia. This is Jolaine’s 5th year teaching PreK 4, but has been an aide since 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family and running. She runs various races and distances each year. She attends Our Savior’s Church. Jolaine’s favorite thing about teaching is seeing the excitement in a child when they learn something new. Her favorite scripture is: “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Lana Beth Thibodeaux – Aide
Lana Beth is a graduate of Jennings High School. She has three-year old twins and loves them more than words can say. She loves being a mom and doing everything as a family. They enjoy swimming, baking, crafting and watching movies together.
Lana’s favorite scripture is Psalms 9:1-2: I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you’ i will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Photography by Aimee Benoit