Ann Hardy, 2021 Trailblazer

Ann Hardy is a retired Vermilion Parish educator known for her dedication to family, passion for education and desire to assist individuals through community service. She began her career as a classroom teacher in 1981 and was promoted to Elementary Supervisor at the Vermilion Parish Central Office in 1997. Mrs. Hardy worked tirelessly with teachers, parents, and administrators for thirty-eight years providing materials, professional development and assistance to educators to ensure that each student always received high quality instruction daily.

United Way of Acadiana invited Mrs. Hardy to become a Board Member over fifteen years ago. She joined the efforts to engage in programs related to health, education, and financial stability for every person in the community. The leadership role of Education Vision Council Chair and Early Head Start Policy Council Chair provided a forum to share her passion for education and provide a voice for the goal of understanding that there is a need for a strong foundation system to be accessible to everyone.

After retirement, Ann Hardy became an Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (ARCH) Board Member and is presently serving as the Vice President. She hopes to bring awareness of the rapid increase of homelessness in the Southern Louisiana area. Mrs. Hardy’s goal is to foster attention to the significant need for stable housing for children and families which deserve safe and secure housing.

Additional opportunities which promote community involvement include serving as the Vermilion Parish Retired Teacher Association President and working on the Gold Star War Memorial Garden as a member of the Abbeville Garden Club. Ann Hardy displays a passion for education and a desire to support individuals through active involvement in the community and several organizations.

The Trailblazer Award was created to acknowledge retired or semi-retired women who paved the way for future generations.