Posted: Jul 26, 2010 3:14 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Jul 26, 2010 3:17 PM
Julia Williams, a math teacher at Lafayette High School, has been named Louisiana's
Teacher of the Year 2011.
In January, Williams will take over from Louisiana Teacher of the Year 2010, Holly Boffy of Paul Breaux
Middle School. This is first time in a decade, and only the third time in more than 20 years, that one parish
has been home to consecutive Teachers of the Year.
Williams was named Teacher of the Year in a ceremony Friday night. Also that night, Dr. Debbie Reed of
Broussard Middle School was named Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year.
"We certainly congratulate Julia and Debbie on their accomplishments," said Superintendent Burnell
Lemoine. "I think these recognitions are reflective of the quality of teachers we have in Lafayette Parish.
We're thrilled that the Louisiana Department of Education has recognized this high quality of Lafayette
teachers for the second year in a row."
Williams has been teaching for seven years. She teaches 9th through 11th grade gifted Algebra and
Geometry at LHS. Williams also is an adjunct instructor at UL, where she teaches secondary and
middle school math methods. She is a member of the LHS leadership team and a certified Teacher
Leader, and serves as a Team House Leader at her school.
Reed has been a teacher for 11 years. She has taught 8th grade English at BMS since 2007. Reed
completed her doctorate in 2006 at LSU. In addition to teaching at BMS, she is an adjunct professor in
the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UL. She is in the process of seeking National Board
Certification. Reed was a lead teacher for LPSS from 2004 until 2007, when she decided that she
needed to return to the classroom.