Dr. Jeanette Plauché Parker grew up in Lake Charles and moved to Lafayette in 1957.  Her first venture into education was the founding of Ascension Day School (now Ascension Episcopal School).  In 1979, she joined the UL Lafayette faculty and spent 25 years directing programs for gifted and creative children and their teachers. Since her retirement as Professor Emerita, she has enjoyed research and writing, and she recently published her fourth book, Bendel Gardens: An Historic Treasure in Lafayette, Louisiana--the product of eight years of research on Lafayette's early years, 18th century plantation life, the intriguing life of fashion icon Henri Bendel, and other events leading to the development of one of Lafayette's oldest and most distinctive subdivisions. Jeanette was married for 60 years to Luther George Parker (deceased); they had three sons: Jim, Robert, and George Parker.