A New Orleans teacher is missing, and police at this time have no leads on her disappearance. Terrilynn Monette uprooted her life in California and traveled to New Orleans where she joined the “teachNOLA” program. TeachNOLA is a program that sends teachers into impoverished areas.
In a 2011 video discovered after her disappearance, the New Orleans teacher revealed, “I always wanted to be a teacher, and what better place to teach than New Orleans, where passionate teachers are needed most?”
Following her move to New Orleans, Terrilynn was award a nomination for her districts “Teach of the Year” award. The 26-year-old teacher was celebrating her nomination during a night on the town with friends; she was never seen again.
The New Orleans teacher went missing two weeks ago, and hundreds of volunteers and police officers have joined in the search for the missing teacher.
Speaking about her daughter’s disappearance, Toni Enclade tells reporters:
“There’s total emptiness in my life right now. I miss my daughter so, so much, no one can hardly believe the impact that she has had on our family. She’s a beautiful person. She walks in the room, she lights up with her beautiful smile. I can’t imagine anyone that would take her away from us.”
According to investigators, Terrilynn Monette left no clues behind after being spotted at Parlay’s, a bar in the Lakeview area of the city. That spotting was on March 2, the night of her celebration.
A bartender who served the teacher said he had to “cut her off” because she drank to much and was obviously drunk.
Leaving the bar, the teacher told friends she planned to sleep in her car because she was too drunk to drive.
An unidentified man says he witnessed Monette heading to her car around 4 am. The man says Monette was in the parking lot where her car was located.
Fearing that the New Orleans teacher may have drowned, sheriff’s deputies scoured a local bayou with giant magnets. Police did not find her 2012 black Honda Accord at the bottom of the bayou.
The Jefferson Parrish sheriff’s office released the following help line information in the hopes of finding the New Orleans missing teacher:
“Terrilynn Monette is described as an African-American female, approximately 5’8″ tall, weighing 180 pounds and having a light complexion with long brown hair. She was last seen driving a 2012 black two-door Honda Accord with Louisiana license plate WUN494. If you have any information, please contact the New Orleans Police Department at (504) 821-2222 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.”