2016 Wall of Fame Honoree
Alice Vickers DuBois was an exceptional educator. She loved her role as an agriculture teacher, but most of all she loved her family, friends, and students. Everyone who knew her, recognized her passion and commitment to her work, which for her, there was probably nothing else she’d rather doing.
Alice was an Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor at Ponchatoula High School for over twenty years. She was staunch in her belief that every student had the right and ability to learn, be given the opportunity to succeed and to contribute to society with whatever skills they had or could hone. Project-based learning was an integral part of her courses. She believed that the “hands on” approach fostered critical thinking and enhanced communication skills.
The impact that she left on hundreds of students through the years is immeasurable. She shared with each of them, not only the knowledge and experience of Agriscience, but her love of people and the commitment to community service.
In an article posted on the website of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the following quote was extracted.
“As I grow as a teacher, I truly realize the incredible opportunity I have to make a positive difference in my students’ lives,” said DuBois. “I strive to do everything I can to become the most effective, motivating, and caring teacher that I can be.”
That quote represented everything that Alice DuBois stood for.
She was recognized for her hard work and dedication numerous times throughout her career. She was named the NAAE Outstanding Teacher Award which is sponsored by Toyota. She was named Teacher of the Year at Ponchatoula High School in 2012 by the Tangipahoa Parish School System. Alice also partnered with legendary New Orleans chef Dickie Brennon to create a “farm-to-table” benefit fundraiser.
Alice was born to her parents, the late H.L. Vickers, Jr. and Ann Moore Vickers. Alice lost a long battle with cancer on October 10, 2015. She is survived by her husband Bruce DuBois and two children Cynthia and Shelley.
Alice’s obituary stated that she was a decorated teacher, loving mother and wife, and a true cowgirl. She was all that and more. Alice left a legacy and an impact on future generations with her knowledge and spirit. Alice will live forever via the imprints she left on so many.