Louisiana State Teacher of the Year
Louisiana Teacher of the Year, 2015
Carla Z. Jackson has been a third grade teacher for over twenty years and is described by her colleagues as a teacher whose passion for education still blazes as strong as ever. She is an English Language Arts teacher at Bains Elementary School in West Feliciana Parish.
A reflective and data-driven teacher, Carla has surpassed the goal she set for herself and her children, with ninety percent of her students scoring proficient in ELA! She prides herself as one who continues to push students for their best, not only in the classroom, but in their everyday lives.
She is devoted to her school, serving on multiple committees, and continually strives to elevate her classroom performance and to support the other teachers committed to excellence for Louisiana’s children.
Grade Level Teachers of the Year
2015 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year
10th Grade Geometry
Airline High School
2015 Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year
8th Grade Social Studies
Andrew Jackson Middle School
St. Bernard Parish
2015 Louisiana Elementary School Teacher of the Year
4th Grade English Language Arts
Louisiana State Principal of the Year
Louisiana Principal of the Year, 2015
Denise Rhem stepped into the classroom as a first grade teacher in 1997. Over the years she has developed an educational philosophy of “the school is a family” and the family must focus on the education of the whole child. She has created a school culture that is supportive and one that strives for excellence every day.
With the help of the teachers at Joshua Butler Elementary School in Jefferson Parish, students set their academic goals and monitor their own progress towards these goals. This kind of leadership, support, and belief in the “family” allowed the school to increase its performance score by 18 points, moving the school from a letter grade of “D” to “B!”
Grade Level Principals of the Year
2015 Louisiana High School Principal of the Year
Hahnville High School
St. Charles Parish
2015 Louisiana Middle School Principal of the Year
Slidell Jr. High School
St. Tammany Parish
2015 Louisiana Elementary School Principal of the Year
Pecan Grove Elementary
Teacher and Principal of the Year
Louisiana’s Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year programs are created by Louisiana Statute, implemented by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and administered by the Louisiana Department of Education.
The following is an overview of the 2016 process for selection. All questions regarding applications, qualifications, or results, should be directed to the Louisiana Department of Education.
Teacher and Principal of the Year Selection Process
The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the LDOE, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, honors the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs.
The Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year awards program is an annual event designed to recognize and honor outstanding teachers and leaders from local school systems throughout the state. The program provides an opportunity to focus public attention on those educators who are ensuring that students make academic progress that leads to college or a career.
SELECTION CRITERIA & EVIDENCE
Teachers and Principals of the Year are selected based on their success with students and, for principals, their work to support teachers. This rubric is used throughout the selection process.
|SELECTION PROCESS & TIMELINE PHASE||COMPONENTS||TIMELINE||DESCRIPTION|
|General Application||Teacher of the Year & Principal of the Year Application||Applications
5:00 PM CT on Thursday, January 8, 2015
|Semi-Final||Classroom observation or school visit||Announced:
March – April 2015
|Recognition||Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium||Symposium:
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