Local woman to lead teachers’ group

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Lazette Watterson, a resident of Bogalusa, was recently elected president of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. Watterson previously served as first vice president and state membership chair.

As president of LRTA, Watterson will preside at all meetings of the association, the Executive Board and the Executive Committee. She will also appoint all standing and special committee. She is responsible for performing other such duties as needed to carry out the purposes of the association.

“I am enthusiastically anticipating my role as president of LRTA. The encouraging support has already begun from our executive board and current membership,” Watterson said. “I look forward to serving and working to make this great organization for Louisiana retired teachers greater. I encourage fellow and recent retired teachers to visit our website, www.lrta.net, to learn how you can become a member.”

Watterson was an associate member of LRTA for five years before she retired. LRTA associate members include actively employed teachers, employees of the education community or individuals who may be interested in supporting the causes of retired educators.

She has served LRTA in previous roles such as District President Representative and second vice president. Watterson served two terms as president for District III, which encompasses Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Helena parishes. In recognition of her leadership, LRTA honored Watterson with the “Name of Fame” award in April of 2019.

Watterson earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Library Science from Southern University, where she is a life member of the Alumni Association. She also has a master’s +30 degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. In her spare time, Watterson enjoys cooking, traveling and volunteering.

The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association is a membership organization solely devoted to protecting and enhancing benefits for individuals receiving retirement benefits from the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana. LRTA represents over 20,000 retired educators and continues to promote the professional, social and economic welfare of all Louisiana retired educators. For more information about LRTA, visit lrta.net.