Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. James Rougeau earned a degree in health and physical education at Northwestern State in 1958, a master’s and specialist degrees in administration and supervision at McNeese State University in 1973 and 1982 and a Ph.D. in administration and supervision at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1989. He began his career as a teacher and coach in Sabine Parish before serving in the U.S. Army from 1958-1980. He returned to the public system as teacher and coach in Calcasieu Parish and served as principal at schools in Sabine, West Feliciana and DeSoto parishes until 2000. Rougeau said his most memorable experience as an educator was training soldiers at the Venezuelan Military Academy, where success or failure in real-life situations depended directly upon the quality and effectiveness of his instruction.