Award Programs

2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs

Department Names the 2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year Semi-Finalists

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

This year, 75 Local Education Agencies submitted nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Department is proud to announce the semi-finalists for the 2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards. These educators 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. Congratulations to these outstanding educators!
 
All Teacher and Principal of the Year semi-finalists and finalists will be honored at the 10th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

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.


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

    April 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