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New Orleans Saints, Chevron Honor Teachers of the Week at Chiefs Game

By Lindsey Mitchell

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Both honorees for the Chevron Teachers of the Week award at Sunday's game against the Chiefs, see the camaraderie that football and the Saints bring to their classroom.

Daphne Griffin and Erica Burch Navarre, both teachers in Tangipahoa Parish, feel the Saints spirit on a daily basis at their respective schools.

"Every day, when I wake my students up from nap, I play 'Stand Up and Get Crunk' and it's just one example of how much the Saints are present in our classroom," Griffin said. "The Saints make everyone come together and create a sense of family and community. I'm really appreciative be honored by the Saints and Chevron."

Griffin, who teaches pre-school at Midway Elementary School in Tickfaw, La., has been a teacher for 22 years.  She has taught in Tangipahoa Parish her entire career, however, didn't start her career knowing it would turn into her life-long passion.

"My undergrad is in home economics major/child care development," she said. "My husband and I moved to Tangipahoa Parish and they were looking for pre-school teachers, so I got my teaching certificate and starting to teach. My love for teaching has grown through my experience in the public and private schools."

Navarre, however, had a different path than Griffin. She has been working in Tangipahoa Parish for six years and she felt there was no question she'd end up teaching.

"Teaching has always come natural for me," she said. "I've always wanted to work with kids and teaching has run in our family, so it was a natural fit for me."

Navarre, who teachers fifth-grade at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School, echoes similar sentiments to Griffin's on being named Teacher of the Week.

"I'm ecstatic about being honored by Chevron and the Saints," she said. "I've never been to a Saints game before, so this is really exciting for me. My kids are so excited and can't wait for me to bring back pictures from today because they all love the Saints."

The Mount Hermon, La. native can't wait to share her experience with her students and values the opportunity and recognition that Chevron and the Saints are awarding to local teachers.

"I really appreciate that Chevron is honoring teachers at Saints games," she said. "There are not a lot of times that teachers are recognized for their hard work that they put into teaching. It truly is an honor."

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