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Dec 13, 2013 11:20 AM

2014 Teacher Awards Finalists Announced By Lafayette Education Foundation

(LAFAYETTE, LA) - On December 11, Lafayette Parish public, private and parochial schools were
visited by the Lafayette Education Foundation (LEF) Finalist Patrol to recognize the sixteen finalists for
the 2014 LEF Teacher Awards. The annual LEF Teacher Awards recognizes Lafayette Parish educators
whose dedication and commitment greatly impact the lives of their students.
Etienna Wright, LEF Programs Director says, "LEF received 1,627 nomination letters this year,
nominating 635 educators in Lafayette Parish. We at LEF believe that speaks to the quality of educators
here in Lafayette and the appreciation that our community has for those educators. The selection panels
have chosen sixteen teachers whom we feel honored to recognize for the sixteenth anniversary of Teacher
Awards on January 23rd. We can't wait for the community to hear their stories at the awards ceremony!
We all know that you will be just as moved as we have been by the impact these educators are making in
the lives of their students and their families."
LEF is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 LEF Teacher Awards in the following
categories:
Elementary School Category
JoLynn Dean - 2nd Grade - J. Wallace James Elementary
Lynn McElroy - 2nd Grade - Woodvale Elementary
Jessica Mouton - Librarian - Evangeline Elementary
Lindsay Nardini - 3rd Grade - Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic
Middle School Category
Josie Abington - 7th Grade Math - Youngsville Middle
Annette Chapman - 7th Grade Science - Paul Breaux Middle
Michelle Lakhotia - 7th Grade Math - Judice Middle
Victoria Landry - 5th-8th Grade Choir - L.J. Alleman Middle
High School Category
Kirk Baudoin - 10th-11th Grade Health Sciences - Lafayette High
Matthew Canone - 11th Grade English - Comeaux High
Kevin Martin - Cosmetology - W.D. Smith Career Center
Sandra Broussard - Speech and Debate - Comeaux High
Inspirational Category
Rachel Allen Gaspard - Special Education - Paul Breaux Middle
Catherine Harper - 7th Grade English & Language Arts - Judice Middle
Lisette R. Henderson - Spanish & REAL Program - Comeaux High
Amy Ruddock - 3rd Grade - Lafayette Christian Academy

The LEF Teacher Awards, to be held January 23, 2014 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the Frem F. Boustany Convention Center directly behind the Heymann Center. The awards ceremony will feature entertainment by the Lafayette High School choir under the direction of 2013 LEF Teacher Awards High School Top Finalist, Holly Grefe!
Tickets are currently available at all TicketMaster Outlets and the Heymann Performing Arts Center.
For more information, call LEF at 234-3229.

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