Twelve exceptional St. Bernard Parish teachers were recently recognized as Teacher of the Year. This honor recognizes one outstanding educator at each school, celebrating the outstanding achievements in and out of the classroom.
This year’s winners were Megan Lancaster (Andrew Jackson Middle), Sarah Stevens (Arabi Elementary), Sarah Turnbull (Chalmette Elementary), Cody Jackson (Chalmette High), Lauren Frazier (Davies Elementary), Tiffany Romano (Gauthier Elementary), Kaitlyn Lotz (Lacoste Elementary), Maggie Roussell (Meraux Elementary), Nicholas Piazza (Rowley Alternative), Anna Inmon (Smith Elementary), Courtney Oenes (St. Bernard Middle), and Chelsea Easterling (Trist Middle).
Superintendent Doris Voitier said these dedicated professionals demonstrate excellence in teaching and a true commitment to student learning.
“The Teacher of the Year program acknowledges and celebrates our district’s exceptional educators,” Voitier said. “These teachers’ commitment to student success exemplifies all that is good in our public schools. We are proud to have them in our classrooms.”
School winners will also compete at the district level when community leaders and educators conduct interviews to select an elementary, middle, and high school district winner. These three winners will then compete for statewide consideration.
St. Bernard Parish Public Schools has a long history of its teachers being recognized at the state-level, including two statewide winners. Last year’s Louisiana Teacher of the Year, Chris Dier, currently teaches at Chalmette High School and is in the running for a national award. The district has also had several teachers recognized at the semi-finalist and finalist rounds of the competition.
Voitier said this legacy of excellence allows the district to flourish. “We are all connected by our commitment to public education, and we congratulate this year’s Teachers of the Year for showcasing all that is good in our schools.”