Justin Templet — an English teacher at his alma mater, Chalmette High School — was recently recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as a statewide Teacher of the Year Semifinalist, one of only 24 teachers in Louisiana to receive this distinction.
Templet’s achievement was based on classroom observations and the growth of his students on statewide assessments. After being named as the outstanding teacher at his school earlier this year, Templet was then named as the district’s parish-wide winner.
CHS Principal Wayne Warner has seen Templet grow from an honor roll student to an exemplary teacher. Warner said Templet’s success comes as no surprise.
“Justin has always been incredibly bright and committed to Chalmette High,” Warner said. “His love of literature and his rapport with his students is truly wonderful. We are so happy to have him here with us each day.”
Superintendent Doris Voitier echoed those sentiments.
“Justin exemplifies selflessness on a daily basis and makes the needs of each student a priority,” Voitier said. “He is an exceptional teacher surrounded by a wonderful staff and leadership team who are doing great things with our students every day.”
Templet said he appreciates the recognition.
“I am truly honored to be named a semifinalist, but more importantly I am just so happy to be giving back to the school that gave so much to me,” Templet said. “It is imperative that all of my students feel safe, respected, and valued.”