Laura Berard Huval

A wife and mother, an award-winning recording artist and songwriter, a music minister, Catholic School music educator, keynote speaker, catechist, story-teller, cultural activist, and founder of the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund...  Yes, Laura Berard Huval wears many hats very proudly. Huval is a native of the culturally rich community of Cecilia, Louisiana where she is a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  She was brought up in a home filled with music and love for the Lord.  Huval is the music teacher at St. Genevieve Catholic School in Lafayette (2012-present).   She was named Educator of the Year in 2015. Huval has served the Church in many capacities. She served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council as the Youth Representative.  At her home parish, Huval has served as music minister (guitarist and vocalist), youth choir director, parish convocation team leader, ministries fair organizer, parish wide workshop facilitator, a certified catechist and a faith formation teacher.  Huval is a member of the family, award-winning band, Sweet Cecilia.  She is the daughter of Al Berard, the late Grammy nominated musician. Huval also performs with her husband, accordionist, Adrian Huval.  She and her husband Adrian have two sons, Nate and Rex,  and reside in Cecilia, Louisiana.

Education and Recognition:  

  • B.S. Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Secondary Education with a Concentration in Social Studies and a Minor in History) 
  • Catechist Certification
  • Safe Environment Trained: Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana 
  • Certified Gifted and Talented Music Teacher (State of Louisiana) 
  • 25 years as pastoral musician, vocalist, and songwriter
  • 2012-present- Music Teacher at St. Genevieve Catholic School (Lafayette, LA) 
  • 2014-2015- Educator of the Year, St Genevieve Catholic School (Lafayette, LA) 
  • 2018 to Present:  Member of the Leadership Team at St. Genevieve School (Lafayette, LA) which is dedicated to continuous improvement in the school
  • 6 years as a classroom teacher (Cecilia High School, Social Studies)2009-2010 Teacher of the Year (Cecilia High School)
  • Youth Representative for the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Lafayette (2009-2011)
  • 2014 to Present: Co-Founder of the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana
  • 2018 to Present: Co-Chair of the Cecilia et Les Alentours Cultural District in Cecilia, LA 
  • 2014-2016-  Director of the Al Berard Music Festival