Andrew Bertrand chosen St. Theresa Middle School 2013 Distinguished Graduate

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Andrew Bertrand was named the 2013 NCEA Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate for St. Theresa Middle School on Jan. 29. Pictured (left to right): Chris Musso, principal; Father Gary Belsome, pastor at St. Theresa of Avila Church; and Andrew Bertrand, 2013 Distinguished Graduate.

St. Theresa Middle School is pleased to announce the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has named Andrew Bertrand the 2013 NCEA Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate for St. Theresa Middle School.

Bertrand's parents are Frank and Brenda Bertrand. He graduated from St. Theresa in 1982, and his sister Stacey graduated in 1983. He is a graduate of Ascension Catholic High School, and he was an honor graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Pharmacy. Bertrand is married to Jeanne Bertrand, and they have three children: Victoria, who graduated from St. Theresa and St. Michael High School and is now enrolled in LSU; Blake, who also graduated from St. Theresa and is now a senior at St. Michael High School; and Brandt, who is at St. John Primary.

Sponsored by NCEA's Department of Elementary Schools in cooperation with St. Theresa Middle School, this award goes to Bertrand for outstanding personal and professional achievements. Throughout his life, Bertrand has been an example of how Catholic Schools educate people to take leadership roles in their community and beyond.

Bertrand is the owner of Bertrand's Pharmacy in Gonzales, a family-run pharmacy established by his father over 40 years ago. They work with local churches to help community members in need of medications. Bertrand is involved in many community organizations such as the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and the Capital Area and the Louisiana State Pharmacist Associations.

His family belongs to St. Theresa of Avila Church Parish, and they are actively involved. His wife, Jeannie, works on the school fair committee, and Bertrand is a member of the school finance committee.

Bertrand values Catholic education. He states, "As a graduate of St. Theresa of Avila School and Ascension Catholic High School, I feel that I was both academically and spiritually prepared for college and my professional career. I hope to instill these values in my children through the same opportunities with Catholic education."

The NCEA established the distinguished graduate award out of recognition that the significant accomplishments of Catholic Elementary Alumni are a hallmark of Catholic education. The award highlights people who as adults put into practice the values and ideals they learn in their Catholic Elementary Schools. NCEA is the largest private, professional organization in the world. Founded in 1904, the association's membership represents more than 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries, and in colleges and universities.