Author Charles Larroque is a native of Jeanerette, Louisiana.
Now residing in Lafayette, he teaches high school, is a bilingual freelance
writer, and a member of several organizations dedicated to the preservation of
Louisiana's Acadian heritage. He has spent more than twenty years as an
educator, specializing in foreign languages and social studies, and currently
teaches in Lafayette Parish's alternative program, â€œContinuing Academic Program
Mr. Larroque is also a teacher-consultant for the National
Writing Project of Acadiana, and a presenter for the French Writing Institute.
The National Writing Project is an effort by teachers to improve writing in
America. Teachers in the area attend annual summer institutes to prepare for
leadership roles. They then go on to sponsor project programs at their schools
and their neighboring schools.
He has been named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des
Palmes AcadÃ©miques by the French Republic and is the recipient of the Prix de
Louisiane. Mr. Larroque is published in English and in French in several
literary reviews, as well as in local newspapers, and is the president of
Louisiane Ã la carte.
Louisiane Ã la carte is a nonâ€“profit
organization dedicated to the preservation of Louisiana's French heritage and
language through community development. It creates opportunities for
French-speaking Louisiana natives to reconnect with their roots. Aside from
numerous French and English newspaper and magazine articles (both on-line and in
print), Mr. Larroque is the author of Memories of St. Martinville and Memories of Lafayette, both beautiful highlights of their
respective areas' best, and sometimes oldest, attractions and cultural legacies.
The books are available in both English and French.
Mr. Larroque is also a member of the committee
for Acadian Heritage Week, a project to promote greater awareness of the history
of the Acadian people of Louisiana. The committee has designated the fourth week
in September â€œAcadian Heritage Weekâ€ and their primary objective is to produce a
revised Louisiana History curriculum for eighth-grade students statewide. The
committee wants to incorporate more Acadian history that is multidisciplined and