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Two Acadiana teachers named finalists for Teacher and Principal of the Year

Posted at 2:09 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 15:09:43-04

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the finalists for the 2020 Teacher and Principal of the Year.

The finalists were announced during a reception hosted by First Lady Donna Edwards and Dream Teachers, LLC, at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. The 18 finalists are elementary, middle, and high school educators from school systems across the state.

Two teachers from Acadiana have made the list of finalists this year.

Winners will be selected from this group and named at an awards ceremony this summer.

The 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year finalists include:

Lacey Blocker Maplewood Middle School Calcasieu Parish
Amanda Crane Homer Elementary School Claiborne Parish
Lisa Celestine Jack Vidrine Elementary School Evangeline Parish
Jessica Borland South Grant Elementary School Grant Parish
Brittany Legendre Thibodaux High School Lafourche Parish
Annie Smith Lake Charles Charter Academy Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation
Jessica Breaux Edward Hynes Charter School Orleans Parish
Emily Ogden Rayville High School Richland Parish
Christopher Dier Chalmette High School St. Bernard Parish
The 2020 Louisiana Principal of the Year finalists include:
Brad Soileau Oakdale High School Allen Parish
Carli Francois Dutchtown High School Ascension Parish
Steven Schulz South Beauregard Elementary School Beauregard Parish
Lisa Burns W.T. Lewis Elementary School Bossier Parish
Christella Dawson Neville High School City of Monroe School District
Greg Hayden Juban Parc Junior High School Livingston Parish
Jennifer Dennis Carey KIPP East Community Primary Orleans Parish
Charles Wright Ouachita Junior High School Ouachita Parish
Tamika Green Albert Cammon Middle School St. Charles Parish

This year, school systems submitted more than 200 nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Department named 48 semi-finalists in April 2019. A state team then narrowed that pool to the 18 finalists named today.

Those finalists will soon participate in face-to-face interviews with selection committees led by community and education leaders. The selection committees will ultimately choose the state division-level and overall winners.