Troy Landry Mouton has served Vermilion Parish since 2000. Troy’s 4-H leadership experience started, as have many parents, with the involvement of her children. What is so special about Troy is that once she saw the value of 4-H, she took it upon herself to offer the experience to as many young people as possible.
Troy began by taking on the role as organizational leader at her previous school, Dozier Elementary. She also has taken leadership roles at parish, regional and state levels. Of particular note is her involvement with the Vermilion Parish 4-H Jr. Leadership Club. She has coordinated monthly Jr. Leadership project meetings; increased project completion by the members; presented and organized educational programs at parish, regional and state levels; chaperoned educational trips; and organized community service, fundraising and volunteer efforts for the Jr. Leadership Club.
Troy has become a fixture at all major 4-H events in the parish, helping where needed. She has even traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National 4-H John Deere Leadership Academy. She conducted an often-cited, multi-year study of the positive impact of 4‑H involvement on test scores. The study described the differences between the higher standardized test scores of students enrolled in 4-H and those not enrolled.
Most recently, she served on the parish committee that implemented the use of bar-code scanners to register participants at 4-H events. She manages data entry into the school board system and issues all members a 4-H ID badge, which they use when attending events. This allows for accurate records of attendance and also allows members to log into their 4-H “portal” and see a list of activities they attended, which is helpful when they are completing end-of-year portfolios.
Troy has received many awards: Volunteer of the Year; State Winner for Good Provider; the 2011 honoree at Vermilion Parish 4-H Achievement Day; and the 15 Years-of-Service pin at Parish 4-H Leader banquet.
Mrs. Mouton is married to Stuart Mouton, and they have two children, Lauren and Austin. Lauren is a past 4-H member, a National Conference delegate and currently works as a 4-H Agent. She is married to Alex Edwards, and they have a son, Bennett. Austin is a past 4-H member, a state vice president and a National Conference delegate. In her spare time Troy enjoys reading and camping.
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