Jan 23, 2014 11:33 PM by Erin Steuber
Four Lafayette Parish teachers have a lot to celebrate. Out of 635 nominees, and sixteen finalists, four teachers won the coveted gold star award for the Lafayette Education Foundation Teacher of the Year. There were winners for elementary, middle and high school, as well as an inspirational category. All sixteen finalists were given the red carpet treatment.
It's the Academy Awards for Lafayette Parish teachers. All sixteen finalists arriving by limo, and getting the opportunity to walk the red carpet as their biggest fans cheer them on. Out of hundreds of teachers nominated by students, parents and peers, only four could walk away with the coveted title of LEF Teacher of the Year. The first award for elementary education went to Lynn Mcelroy, a second grade teacher at Woodvale Elementary School.
"I feel like I've already won. Just being here is winning. It means a lot to be here, to be chosen as a finalist," said Mcelroy.
Next up were the teacher nominated at the middle school level. Walking away with the award was choir teacher Victoria Landry of LJ Alleman Middle School.
"To know that I've touched the heart of at least one student, enough for them to write a letter for me," said Landry. "And to appreciate me enough to put forth that effort really just means everything to me."
The LEF Teacher of the Year for high school education was Kirk Baudoin, a health sciences teacher at Lafayette High School.
"The culmination of my career, because this is my last year. I've been doing this for 38 years and it would be an awesome honor," said Baudoin.
The last group to take the stage was those nominated for the inspirational category. The teacher awarded was Rachel Allen Gaspard, a special education at Paul Breaux Middle School.
"Although my students are my heros somebody out there thinks that I am worthy of this award, and I just think its phenomenal," said Gaspard.