Wayne P. Talbot
Fine Arts Director, WTalbot@ebrschools.org
“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” are the opening lines from the song The Greatest Love of All and best sums up the life of Wayne Paul Talbot. Wayne was the second of four sons born on December 19, 1958 to Robert and Grace Talbot in the small South Louisiana city of Thibodaux. He was blessed to have parents who recognized early on his gifts and talents in the arts. Wayne studied piano beginning at the age of four and began teaching piano as a sophomore in high school. His music education was extended when he began learning to play the clarinet in seventh grade and participated in marching band, concert band, and jazz band through out his junior high and senior high school years. Throughout his formative years, the arts played a vital role in his academic development and education. He graduated magna cum laude in May of 1976 from Thibodaux High School and was the recipient of numerous academic, achievement, and service awards.
He entered the University of Southwestern Louisiana now known as The University of Louisiana at Lafayette during the 1976 Fall Semester. He originally enrolled as a graphic design major, but changed his major to education after the first semester. He always knew in his heart of hearts that he was destined to teach. Within three and one half years, he completed the requirements to earn his undergraduate degree. In December of 1979, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a double major in Art and English Education. He moved back to Thibodaux and began his teaching career at his high school alma mater. In the Summer of 1981 he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to begin graduate studies at Louisiana State University. He also became employed as an art teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System on August 26,1981 and still remains employed by the district as Director of Fine Arts. During his tenure as a classroom teacher he earned a M. Ed., plus thirty, and Ed. S. He also served as a supervising teacher for Louisiana State University, Southern University, and Nicholls State University. His eighteen years in the classroom were filled with many great moments and special students. These were some of the happiest years of his career. He was then asked to move into school level administration; he served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction for twelve years before being appointed as Director of Fine Arts.
As Wayne completes his forty year journey in education, he reflects upon the many children he has had the privilege to teach and has great hope for the future. Many of his former students have grown into very successful, productive, citizens and have come back into his life to say thank you. Although the years have flown by, the special memories of special students will last forever. There has never been any regret in choosing education as his career path. The many students and colleagues he has encountered during his tenure as an educator and music minister has affirmed many times over that he does make a difference in this world.