Boudreaux hails from Grand Point, La., in St. James Parish and graduated with a degree in education from SLI—now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette—in 1956, where he was a four-year letterman on the school’s football team. Boudreaux received his masters degree in education from LSU in 1963 and his masters plus 30 from LSU in 1967.
Boudreaux began his 40-year teaching and coaching career at Leon Goudchaux High School in Reserve, La., in 1956. In the fall of 1960, Boudreaux accepted a teaching and coaching position with the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board at Baker High School.
He was appointed the assistant principal of Baker Junior High School in 1967 and was appointed principal of Zachary High School in 1970, a position he held until his retirement in 1995.
In 1978, Boudreaux was elected president of the Louisiana Association of Educators. He also served as president of the Louisiana Association of Principals for three terms, and was named the East Baton Rouge Principal of the Year in 1988.
Throughout his education career, Boudreaux was very involved with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. He served on the LHSAA executive committee for 10 years, served as chairperson of the LHSAA School Visitation Program from 1995 thru 2010, and in 1991, he was inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
After retirement, Boudreaux championed the creation of the Zachary Community School System, serving as co-chairperson of the committee in the creation of the system. Boudreaux later served as the superintendent of schools of the Zachary Community School System.
Boudreaux has dedicated significant time and effort to advance the causes of LRTA. He was elected vice-president of the Baton Rouge Area Retired Teachers Association in 2004 and 2005, and subsequently served as president from 2006 - 2008. Boudreaux just recently completed his 2010-12 term of office as the LRTA District IV President.
Boudreaux and his wife, Cherry, also a retired principal and LRTA member, have five children. They reside in Zachary.
The LRTA Name of Fame Award was created in 2002 to honor Louisiana’s retired teachers for their leadership, organizational achievements and community involvement. The Association congratulates Jerry Boudreaux on being name recipient of this prestigious award.
The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association is a non-profit membership organization that serves as the voice of the retired education community and represents interests of its members by monitoring, protecting and improving the benefits needed to secure dignity, independence and overall quality of life.