Award Programs

2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs

Department Names the 2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year Finalists

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

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.

The Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees were celebrated 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, Louisiana. On this evening, the grade-level and statewide winners were also named.

2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees and state-level winners

Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

2018 application materials will upload to the website in fall 2016.

For questions regarding 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.


2016 Student of the Year Guidelines

2016 Logistics Memo/Application

2016 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 7, 2016. Please read the National Brochurethe Hearst Foundation press release, and the Logistics Memo for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process. More information concerning this program can be found here.