ATA names Lambert Educational?Merit Award recipient

Staff reports
Val Lambert

The Louisiana Tennis Association chose 21-year St. Amant Middle School teacher Valerie “Val” Lambert as this year’s Educational Merit Award recipient for her work promoting the sport in her physical education classes.

Lambert received the honor Dec. 5 at the LTA’s annual board meeting and awards ceremony at Capitol Center in Baton Rouge.

Lambert was recognized for introducing tennis to elementary and middle schools during physical education classes. Lambert introduced a unit of tennis to her students and reached an average of 180 students in three years.

The Ascension Tennis Association provided the necessary nets, foam balls and tennis racquets as needed.

After seeing good results from the QuickStart method she was teaching, Lambert began sharing her lesson plans with other physical education teachers. QuickStart gives students a faster introduction to tennis using shorter racquets, foam balls and a smaller court size.

To date, 1,045 students from St. Amant Elementary, St. Amant Middle, Gonzales Middle, and St. Theresa Summer School Program have learned tennis in gyms and on outdoor surfaces because of her work.

ATA President Gloria Berthelot said Lambert carries out the ATA’s mission of enhancing and promoting opportunities to play tennis for all ages in Ascension Parish.

Lambert is a nine-year member of ATA. In addition to her school career, Lambert attends Camp Nakanawa in Crossville, Tenn. during July where she has served as the tennis and archery instructor for nearly 20 years.