TEEN REPORT: Teacher at Barbe High is an inspiration to her stud - FOX29 Lake Charles

TEEN REPORT: Teacher at Barbe High is an inspiration to her students

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In her own silent world, Lyndsay Duhon communicates with sign language.

She lost her hearing when she contracted spinal meningitis when she was one month old.

"I have many challenges; I mean, all my life, and I still do today," she said.

"She was the first completely deaf person to graduate McNeese," said Lyndsay's husband, Cory Duhon.

Now Lyndsay is teaching back at her old high school.

"She teaches our deaf and hard of hearing students in a self-contained environment," said fellow teacher, Josie McGee.

"She's changed many kids' lives, so, that’s the biggest part for her. I guess teaching is one of the truest jobs, enriching kids’ lives and changing lives for the better," Cory said.

"She's just a phenomenal role model for our deaf and hard of hearing students here, and I just love what she does and what she represents," McGee said.

"The students calling her five years later and three years later and later on, and telling her their stories about how she changed their life and how she gives them encouragement," Cory added.

Advances in technology have had a huge impact on Duhon and her students.

"Deaf people can do anything but hear. I'm sure you've heard that phrase before, but really we can do anything if we focus in on something and we try. We can paint. We can sew. We can dance. The only thing we can't do is sing, of course," she said.

"Nothing stops her from going to the movies, to the drive-thru. I mean she works through it. Most people give up, but she doesn't. She's going to finish it 100 percent. It may be harder or it may take her longer, but she's going to get in done. I guess that's why it's pretty amazing with her," Cory said.

This report was contributed by Gabriela Quinones and Kaitlyn Calero, KPLC/ LCB Academy teen reporters. TV production students at the academy just finished working on a cross-country collaborative documentary for The Student Television Network. The topic was "No Limits: A New View on Disabilities."

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