Since she was five, Brenda Leroux Babin has lived with her family in the bayou area of Terrebonne Parish. From then on, she has fostered a love for coastal Louisiana. Dr. Babin attended Terrebonne Parish public schools until graduating from South Terrebonne High School in 1979. Brenda then earned a Bacherlor of Arts cum laude from Nicholls State University, with a major in English Education and a minor in Speech Education. After that, she graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
After teaching at Nicholls State University for two years, Brenda began her career molding young minds in the Terrebonne Parish School District. In the public school system, she taught English, speech, mathematics, and computer science. While teaching, Dr. Babin earned yet another Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.
In 2000, Dr. Babin began working with LUMCON (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium). There, Dr. Babin directed the Information and Technology department while overseeing LUMCON’s Environmental Monitoring program. Dr. Babin’s research at LUMCON centered on hypoxia – or oxygen deficiency – in Gulf waters. Her doctoral dissertation at the LSU school for oceanography and coastal sciences grew out of this coastal and environmental monitoring research. Recently, Dr. Babin taught computer information systems at Fletcher Technical Community College.
Currently, Dr. Babin owns and operates the Busy Bee Clinic in downtown Houma and Bee Cool Snowballs. She just purchased the brand Bayou Strong and plans to market t-shirts and other apparel with images that depict the Bayou culture. She is an active member of the Terrebonne Parish Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, Brenda serves on the Terrebonne Parish Public School Board, representing district 5. Dr. Babin is also chair of the Keep Terrebonne Beautiful Board of Directors, a non-profit organization which seeks to combat the culture of litter and beautify the parish through conservation efforts.