Award Programs



Teacher and Principal of the Year Programs

Nathalie Roy
Annelise Cassar Tedesco,
2022 Louisiana State
Teacher of the Year

Twitter: @AnneliseCassar

Alnata Bradford
Marco French,
2022 Louisiana State
Principal of the Year

Twitter: @mdfrench01

Meet the 2022 Teacher and Principal of the Year State-Level Winners


CALLING ALL EXCELLENT EDUCATORS - NOMINATIONS PORTAL OPENS

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, recognizes and celebrates some of the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge those teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s education profession.

In July, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers, celebrated all state-level honorees and announced the 2022 Teacher and Principal of the Year State-Level Honorees at the 15th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala, which was held virtually this year. 

The search is now on for next year’s Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees. Part of the selection process for naming the district and state-level winners includes recommendations from teachers, principals, district employees, parents, colleagues, and community members. If you know an outstanding teacher or leader, please submit a nomination and/or self-nominations.

The nominations portal will remain open through Friday, October 8.
Multiple nominations are accepted, as well as self-nominations. At the end of the nominations process, the nominations will be sent to local school districts for their consideration in this year’s process.

To learn more about the current and previous Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees, visit the library. 


The application materials for the 2021-2022 school year will be uploaded to the website by mid-October.



For questions about the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, email excellenteducators@la.gov.

Teacher and Principal of the Year Library






Students of the Year Awards Program

Students of the Year Logo

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that many outstanding students are enrolled in public, private, or charter schools throughout the state of Louisiana. To acknowledge these accomplishments, the Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, annually honors one incredible fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade student based on their leadership, academic performance, achievements, citizenship, and service to the school and community.

Students are selected by their school and submitted to the school system/diocese level; these nominees are then forwarded to a Regional Selection Committee. The resulting twenty-one finalists then compete at the state level. The winners of the three grade levels are announced on the evening of the final day of competition.

Students of the Year Materials


Outstanding School Support Employee Awards Program

The Department hosts an annual awards program that provides the Superintendent of each school system the opportunity to honor an outstanding school support employee at the elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. School support employee categories include: teacher aides, paraprofessionals, school bus drivers, child nutrition program staff, clerical workers, custodial/maintenance staff, or any other school support employee classification that does not require a teacher’s certificate as a condition of employment. Criteria for selection includes employees that provide leadership in the operation of non-instructional activities throughout the school year as well as those that have rendered time and talents beyond the call of duty.  

2021 Outstanding School Support Employee Award Winners

The Louisiana Department of Education is proud to announce the 2021 Outstanding School Support Employee Award Winners. These employees provide leadership in the operation of non-instructional activities throughout the school year as well as those that have rendered time and talents beyond the call of duty. School support employee categories include: teacher aides, paraprofessionals, school bus drivers, child nutrition program staff, clerical workers, custodial/maintenance staff or any other school support employee classification that does not require a teacher's certificate as a condition of employment.

For questions about the Outstanding School Support Employee Award Program, email childnutritionprograms@la.gov.


US Senate Youth Program

Two Louisiana juniors or seniors will be chosen to attend the 60th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program either in Washington D.C. or online during the week of March 5-12, 2022. Upon completion of all on-site events or online meetings, these two delegates will each receive a $10,000 education scholarship. Juniors or seniors may qualify to apply through leadership positions they hold during the 2021-2022 school year per the USSYP official criteria for the current academic school year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed. Students nominated by their principals must submit an application and a portfolio of required information to the Louisiana Department of Education by Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Please read the National Brochure and Louisiana application packet for more information including eligibility requirements and the application process. State finalists will be notified by October 29, and delegates and alternates will be announced by the Hearst Foundation in January.


U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school students selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship. This is a recognition program, not a scholarship program.  The 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion.

School systems can submit, for consideration, up to two students in the General Component and up to two students in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Component. Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only. Students may not apply individually to the program or be nominated by a school system. Only the Chief State School Office or YoungArts™ can submit nominations to the USDOE. 

In order to recommend students for nomination to the program, school systems are required to submit to the LDOE a parental release form for each nominated student and a nomination letter for each nominated student not to exceed one page for each student. The nomination letter must be sent on school or school system letterhead and signed by the school system leader. Full instructions may be found in the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program Information Guide.

Nomination letters are due to LDOE by 4 p.m. November 13, 2020. School systems should submit nominations to jumpstart@la.gov using the subject line: U.S. Presidential Scholar Program. Submissions that do not include the completed parental release form will not be accepted.  It is recommended that school systems review the LDOE evaluation rubric prior to nominating students.

Please contact cathy.stromain@la.gov with questions.