Award Programs

To read blog entries from Louisiana’s honorees, click on Kimberly and Tommy’s names above, as well as Joni and Kelly’s names below the library icon.


The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, recognizes and celebrates the some of the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge those teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.

The 2019 application process is now open. All applications, materials, and the timeline may be accessed by clicking the library icon.

All districts/LEAs are encouraged to select up to three teachers and three principals, one per division (elementary, middle, and high), as their district-level honorees. These candidates are invited to submit a state-level application. Districts without a process may elect to send their candidates directly to the state-level process.

State-level applications are due by January 29, 2018 and must be submitted via the online application portal. State-level candidates may enter the portal by following the steps in the Candidate’s Online Portal Application Guide.

Meet the 2018 Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees and state-level winners. To view previous winners, visit the library.

For questions about the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, email

Student of the Year Awards Program

The Department of Education recognizes that many outstanding students are enrolled in public, private, or charter schools throughout the state of Louisiana. To acknowledge these accomplishments, the Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, annually honors one incredible fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade student based on their leadership, academic performance, achievements, citizenship, and service to the school and community.

Students are selected by their school and submitted to the local education agency/diocese level; these nominees are then forwarded to a Regional Selection Committee. The resulting eighteen finalists then compete at the state level. The winner of the three grade levels are announced on the evening of the final day of competition.


2018 Student of the Year Guidelines

2018 Logistics Memo/Application

2018 District Information Formation Form

US Senate Youth Program

Two Louisiana juniors or seniors will be chosen to attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D. C. and will also receive a $10,000 education scholarship. Student nominees, chosen by their schools, must submit an application and a portfolio of required information to the Louisiana Department of Education by October 4, 2017. Please read the National Brochure and Logistics Memo for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process.

Sponsored by the Hearst Foundations.