Livingston Parish Schools Honor Top Teachers and Principals of the Year

Livingston Parish Schools Honor Top Teachers and Principals of the Year
Posted on 05/17/2018
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 Livingston Parish Schools Honor

Top Teachers and Principals of the Year

Live Oak High School Honoree among Semi-Finalists for Louisiana Teacher of the Year

 

WALKER, La. – Livingston Parish Public Schools recognized the district’s top principals and teachers for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as the Teacher of the Year nominees from each school in the parish, on Tuesday (May 15)  at a special dinner awards ceremony at Revival Temple Church in Walker.

The parish’s three 2019 Principal of the Year winners are Gray’s Creek Elementary Principal Melissa Dougherty, North Corbin Junior High Principal Carolyn Vosburg, and Walker High School Principal Jason St. Pierre.

The parish’s top three 2019 Teacher of the Year winners are Live Oak Elementary Teacher Dane’ Long, Live Oak Middle School Teacher Kimberly LeJeune, and Live Oak High Teacher Jessica Bonura. Bonura is also a semi-finalist for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the 12th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on July 27 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge. 

Each of the parish’s top winners was called on stage to be introduced by a colleague and/or student and presented a plaque by a district administrator. 

“Each of these introductions had a common thread,” Assistant Superintendent Joe Murphy said, “and that is each person honored tonight has a passion for what they do and a heart that cares about students.  Excellence goes beyond knowing your subject matter and teaching students, it’s about caring about people and building relationships that make a difference.”

Superintendent Rick Wentzel thanked Debbie Kropog for organizing the event, as well as local business leaders who sponsored the meal and door prizes, the Walker High School culinary students for preparing part of the meal and providing table service, and the parish’s Gifted and Talented students, under the tutelage of instructor Tim Richardson, for providing music entertainment.

“This evening has been a great opportunity to showcase what makes our district, and our parish, a great place to live and work,” Wentzel said.  “We’re family here.  We care about each other and we love our students and want the very best for them.”

The Teacher of Year nominees from each school were also recognized at the ceremony. They include:

LPPS Elementary Teacher of the Year nominees: Gabby Mire, Albany Lower Elementary; Karen Faust, Albany Upper Elementary; Kris Kleinpeter, Denham Springs Elementary; Taffy Sexton, Doyle Elementary; Judy Carr, Eastside Elementary; Jessica Boudreaux, French Settlement Elementary; Jeanette Milne, Freshwater Elementary; Amanda Naquin, Frost; Dana Fontenot,  Gray’s Creek Elementary; Haley Mercante, Holden; Kelli Lowery,  Juban Parc  Elementary; Shay McDaniel, Levi Milton Elementary; Tara Schwartz, Lewis Vincent Elementary; Dane’ Long, Live Oak Elementary; Kristi Lemoine, North Corbin Elementary; Allison Richardson, North Live Oak Elementary; Kelly Chevalier, Northside Elementary; Kayla Wales, Seventh Ward Elementary; Laurie Petty, South Fork  Elementary; Meghan Flores, South Live Oak Elementary; Leah Richard, South Walker Elementary; Donna DePaula, Springfield Elementary; Tamie McCaffery, Southside Elementary; Carissa Peters, Walker  Elementary.

LPPS Middle School Teacher of the Year nominees:  Irene Farace, Albany Middle; Amanda Brian, Denham Springs Junior High; Natasha McMorris, French Settlement High School; Krystal Hughes, Holden High; Mary Loofbourrow, Juban Parc Junior High; Pamela Myers, Live Oak Junior; Kimberly LeJeune, Live Oak Middle; Barbara McCaskill, North Corbin Junior High; Lisa Deer, Southside Junior High; Kim Kinchen, Springfield Middle; Lauri Rentz, Westside Junior High.

LPPS High School Teachers of the Year nominees:  Shellie Woodward, Albany High; Sarah Halphen, Denham Springs High; Jill Johnson, Denham Springs Freshman High; Casey Moskau, Doyle High; Mindy Bailey, Holden High; Jessica Bonura, Live Oak High; Ann Mullis, Maurepas High; Aimee Freeman, Springfield High; Karen Davenport, Walker Freshman High; Brooke Rhymes, Walker High.



Teachers of the year
Pictured are the 2019 Livingston Parish Teacher of the Year winners, from left to right:  High School Teacher of the Year Jessica Bonura, Live Oak High School; Middle School Teacher of the Year Kimberly LeJeune, Live Oak Middle School; and Elementary Teacher of the Year Dane’ Long, Live Oak Elementary School. Bonura is also a semi-finalist for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at a special ceremony in Baton Rouge on July 27.

2018 Principals of the year
Pictured are the 2019 Livingston Parish Principal of the Year winners, from left to right: Middle School Principal of the Year Carolyn Vosburg, North Corbin Junior High School; High School Principal of the Year Jason St. Pierre, Walker High School; and Elementary Teacher of the Year Melissa Dougherty, Gray’s Creek Elementary.

laine hardy
2018 French Settlement Graduate Laine Hardy, who was recently featured on the ABC Network’s American Idol, performed with other Gifted and Talented students at the ceremony to honor top principals and teachers in the parish.

Vice Chairwoman Amie Barton

Dream Teachers Vice Chairwoman Amie Barton congratulated the parish’s top educators during the Livingston Parish Public School System’s ceremony.  Dream Teachers is a local and state sponsor of the 2019 Principal and Teacher of the Year awards programs.













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