St. Bernard Parish Public Schools recently recognized its three District-Wide Teachers of the Year, honoring their commitment to classroom excellence and leadership.
This year’s esteemed educators are Katie Green of Arlene Meraux Elementary, Amber Manino of St. Bernard Middle School, and Annelise Cassar Tedesco of Chalmette High School.
Green is in her sixth year of teaching and has spent the last four years educating 2nd graders. Manino, a three-year veteran in the district, teaches 7th grade ELA while Cassar Tedesco serves as Music Director for Chalmette High School’s Music Theatre and Vocal Arts program where she has served since 2008.
Superintendent Doris Voitier visited the three schools, surprising each winner with the big news and a floral bouquet. She said the success of the district can be attributed to the exceptional work happening in classrooms across the parish each day and said this year’s winners represent all that is good in public education.
“Our teachers are some of the best in the state,” Voitier said. “Despite the challenges and changes that are a part of this school year, Katie, Amber, and Annelise continue to inspire and educate their students each day.”
Voitier said the three district winners will participate in the state-wide competition this spring and is confident that they will represent their schools and community well.
“We are proud of the outstanding work of these three teachers. Their passion and compassion are genuine and we know they will do well in the upcoming competition.”
Voitier also congratulated the district’s school-wide winners. Honored this year for their exemplary teaching were Bridget Derbyshire (Andrew Jackson Middle), Alaa Alkurd (Arabi Elementary), Gabrielle Arceneaux (Chalmette Elementary), Kayla Serigne (Davies Elementary), Chelsea Hayes (Gauthier Elementary), Dina Martinez (Lacoste Elementary), John Trevino (Rowley Alternative), Greg Patterson (Smith Elementary), and Sabrina Cunningham (Trist Middle).
Superintendent 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. “We honor their commitment to student success and are proud to have them in our classrooms.”
Interviews with all of these teachers will be featured in an upcoming edition of Super News, produced by the district’s communication team and educational television channel, PEN-TV.