Zac Burson is one of those people who does not leave the job behind once the school day ends. Ask anyone who knows him well and they will be quick to tell you whether it is a weekend, night, the summer or a holiday, Burson is a tireless advocate for his students.
And it is because of that outstanding work ethic that Burson has been named the Bossier Parish School Board’s first “Gold Star” winner.
Burson serves as the Transition and Mentoring Coordinator for Bossier Schools, working primarily with high school students with disabilities as well as those that are Gifted and Talented, helping guide them through Dual Enrollment classes.
“Zac Burson is an advocate who goes above and beyond and outside the box to find solutions for our at-risk students,” one nomination read. “He creates programs to keep them in school, builds relationships and works tirelessly after school and on weekends to keep students in school until graduation. Mr. Burson believes in the worth of all individuals as part of our community.”
He was surprised Friday by Bossier Federal Credit Union representatives Kevin Odom and Jill Skaggs, who presented the award.
Not normally a man of few words, Burson was touched when his named was announced. It was an emotional moment for both him and his co-workers who gathered to applaud him.
“I am very honored and humbled,” Burson said.
A total of 188 nominations were received for the “Gold Star” award. Burson received several and it is easy to understand why when talking with his colleagues.
“He has given so many students hope when the odds were so against them,” Kris O’Daniel said.
Citing the many extracurricular activities Burson is involved in with his students, one being the Red River Wildlife Refuge, Doris Weathers said, “Sometimes you have to remind him he has a family he needs to spend quality time with.”
She added, “He’s opened the doors for so many kids who had doors slammed in their faces.”
Director of Special Education Gisele Bryant has worked with Burson both as a principal and now as his supervisor. She gushed about his work ethic, calling him progressive and on the cutting edge of education.
“He epitomizes what an educator should be,” Bryant said. “Zac has extended his life beyond the classroom walls and as a result, students are more equipped to compete globally, especially at-risk students. His knowledge is phenomenal as well as his ability to form relationships.”
Nominations are now being accepted for October’s Gold Star and it is open to the public.Visit www.BossierSchools.org and click on the gold star at the top to share who you think deserves a pat on the back.