Steve Fontenot wears many hats. He is a dedicated teacher, a drama director and a trip organizer. He does all these things because he is determined to provide young people from a small town with a variety of life experiences. Fontenot has taught thousands of young people during his 10 years at Redemptorist Catholic Elementary School and 10 years at Notre Dame High School. His teaching began with the Crowley Recreation Department as a baseball and soccer coach and as an umpire for many years.
A native of Eunice and a Vietnam veteran, he graduated from USL in radio and TV broadcasting. He worked in construction and as a contractor for 20 years. After making the decision to change professions and become a teacher. He earned his certification at McNeese University attending at night, while teaching during the day.
Fontenot started the drama department at Redemptorist, working with the eighth grade class to produce a play as a fundraiser for their Washington D.C. trip; a practice which continues today.
Notre Dame was introduced to theater again when he arrived; staging productions from “Phantom of the Opera” to “Pride and Prejudice” to this year’s “Annie.” His introduction to theater is both on stage and backstage. For many, he instills a lifelong love of live theater.
Educational travel was added when Fontenot took his first group to New York City eight years ago. Hundreds of students and parents have traveled to England, France, Italy, Greece and more. As group leader, he keeps track of his traveling kids, and insures that they have a chance to walk in the steps of history.
Married to the former Maria Gall for 34 years, he is a dedicated family man. His three children Kaye, Jonas and Adam and six grandchildren are his pride and joy. At 63, he shows no signs of slowing down. He has plans to stage “Alice in Wonderland” next year and travel to Greece and Italy.