Award Programs

CALLING ALL EXCELLENT TEACHERS AND LEADERS 

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, honors the state’s most exceptional teachers through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs.

The Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year awards recognize and honor outstanding teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students, pushing them to achieve at the highest levels in the state. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.


The 2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year process will follow the timeline below:

October 20, 2015: 2017 application materials released

Early December, 2015: State-level online application portal opens

  • Districts/charter organizations may submit up to three State Teacher and three Principal of the Year nominees, one per division (elementary/middle/high).
January 29, 2016: Online applications due

    March 2016: Department announces 48 semi-finalists (24 teachers and 24 principals)

    May 2016: Department announces 18 finalists (9 teachers and 9 principals)

    June 2016: State interview committees interview finalists

    July 15, 2016: The Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers, recognizes and celebrates the Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees and announces the overall division and state winners at the Tenth Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration.


    Teacher and Principal of the Year Materials

    Applications (Paper Versions)

    Selection Process and Tools

    Video Resources

    Click here to view the 2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees and state-level winners.


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


    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.

    STUDENT OF THE YEAR MATERIALS

    2016 Student of the Year Guidelines

    2016 Logistics Memo/Application

    2016 District Information Formation Form