Connie Gaines Buck of Baton Rouge earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Education inn 1971, a master’s in Business Education in 1973 and +30 in Business education in 1978. She began her career as a business teacher at Bossier High School before joining the Department of Education for 22 years as program manager and executive officer. She later worked for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System for 5 years as coordinator for Perkins Leadership.

Among her memorable experiences as an educator was the 14 years she spent as State Director of Louisiana’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America and her year with the Department of Education where she worked with business education teachers and parish leaders in assisting in the delivery of quality business education programs.