2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs


Department Names the 2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year Semi-finalists

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) 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 honors the state’s most exceptional teachers and leaders through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs.

This year, over 60 districts submitted nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Department is proud to announce the 2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year semi-finalists and finalists. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

All Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Cecil. J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On this evening, the grade-level and statewide winners will also be named.

Please click here to view the Teacher and Principal of the Year selection process.

For questions about the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, email excellenteducators@la.gov.


Outstanding School Support Employee Award

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is requesting nominations by April 9th for the Outstanding School Support Employee Awards Program. The awards program provides the Superintendent of each school system the opportunity to honor an outstanding employee at the elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. The winners will be those support employees selected by local school systems for having rendered time and talents beyond the call of duty. The Outstanding School Support Employee Awards Program provides an opportunity to honor an outstanding employee at the elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels that supports and provides leadership in the operation of non-instructional activities within the school year.

For application materials, click on the appropriate links below:


Students of the Year Awards Program

The Students of the Year Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding elementary, middle/junior high, and high school students. This program, patterned after The Teacher of the Year Awards Program, is an excellent opportunity to recognize from each school system those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and citizenship. The Students of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by the Louisiana State Superintendent through the State Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Nominate a Student:


United States Senate Youth Program & Scholarship

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 $5000 education scholarship. Student nominees, chosen by their districts, must submit an application and a portfolio of required information to the Louisiana Department of Education by October 1, 2014.  Please read the National Brochure and Logistics Memo for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process.