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Mrs. Velda Benjamin Gilyot

Velda Benjamin Gilyot

ACT Coordinator

8th and 9th Grade Counselor



Southern University BS-Secondary Education 

Auburn University-AP Certification for Literature/AP Certification for Writing

Walden University-M.Ed-Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment



My career began at John F. Kennedy Senior High (12 years), then Xavier University Preparatory (5 years), and St. Augustine High (5 years) before Hurricane Katrina. While teaching English, I was Activity Director for the Majorettes, Cheerleaders, Tall Flags, Short Flags, Letter/Banner Carriers, and founder of the JFK award winning Cougarette Dance Team.


I was also one of the directors of The Benjamin’s Center for Dance and Gymnastics, along with my mother, Dr. Velma C. Benjamin and my sister, Jean Benjamin Vappie, for 29 years, until Hurricane Katrina. They too were educators: My mother (32 years at McD #35) and sister, Gregory Jr. High (20years). 



Favorite Book:  On Becoming...Michelle Obama/ Little Fires Everywhere..Celeste Ng


Favorite Place on Campus:  The Chapel

Favorite Marching 100 Song:  In the Stone by Earth, Wind and Fire

Favorite Snowball Flavor:  Strawberry with condensed milk


Favorite Teacher:  Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh


Favorite Trip: Broadway, New York, New York


Mrs. Velda Benjamin-Gilyot
504.944.2424 ext. 350
8th and 9th Grade Counselor
ACT Coordinator