Jun 04, 2021
Overall state winners to be named during virtual celebration later this year

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education announced the finalists for the 2022 Teacher and Principal of the Year awards live during last week’s 2021 Teacher Leader Summit. The 18 finalists are elementary, middle and high school educators from school systems across the state. Winners will be selected from this group and named at a virtual awards ceremony later this year.
“The announcement of this year’s finalists was made even more special because we were in person and surrounded by a community of passionate educators. You could see the excitement in the eyes of each finalist as their name was called, and they could feel the appreciation of their peers,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “Congratulations to our finalists and to all of this year’s candidates.”
The Department 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.
All Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists and semifinalists will be celebrated and honored at the 15th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala, which will be held virtually on the evening of July 16. To learn more about the current and previous Teacher and Principal of the Year honorees, visit the library. For questions about the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, email excellenteducators@la.gov.
The winners were announced live during the opening session of the 2021 Teacher Leader Summit on May 25. Dr. Brumley co-hosted with last year’s middle school Louisiana Student of the Year Zach Cryer. Former Louisiana Teacher of the Year Chris Dier announced this year’s Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year Finalists during the opening celebration.

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