The mission of Dream Teachers is to recognize and reward exceptional Louisiana educators and to raise public awareness of the true value of the teaching profession. The value of a great education for every student cannot be overstated. Today’s students become tomorrow’s workforce for businesses in Louisiana. They become lawmakers, businesspersons, civic and community leaders, jury members, scientists, and especially teachers. They are the decision-makers of tomorrow, and there is no better way to ensure their success than to support those who influence them the most --- our teachers.

Next to parents, teachers have the greatest impact on a student's long-term academic success. With a great teacher, all students - from high schieving to below grade level - make significant progress. Research reveals that a student who has an outstanding teacher for even just one year will remain ahead of his or her peers for at least the next few years. Research also confirms what many of us have experienced personally. A great teacher has a lasting, positive impact on one's life!

One of the main ways that we support educators each year is by partnering with the Louisiana Department of Education to promote the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. Since 2007, we are proud that Louisiana’s teacher recognition program has grown to become one of the top programs in the country. We have raised more than $1.5 million in grants, corporate sponsorships, personal contributions, and in-kind gifts and services to benefit exceptional educators. However, we have only begun to scratch the surface and know that there is so much more we can do and we expand our outreach program throughout the state!

Teachers need to know how important and meaningful their work is to the economic and social stability of our Louisiana community. They, like their students, need to be encouraged to aspire to the highest level of achievement and to continue their careers in the classroom. Equally important, we need to say "thank you" to those who are dedicated to raising the bar of professionalism and caring for Louisiana's children.

As we seek to expand our reach and impact to every educator and student in Louisiana, we need your help and invite you to partner with us. Joining Dream Teachers in our quest today can be your way of publicly supporting and investing in the future of education in Louisiana. Your contribution of sponsorship funds, in-kind products and services, or volunteer efforts will go directly to supporting our state’s educators.

We invite you to join us in our year-round efforts to recognize and reward outstanding educators in the State of Louisiana. Participate by nominating an exceptional teacher for our Teacher of the Month program or the prestigious H. Norman Saurage III Service Award. Please contact us if you have questions, need more information, or want to sign up as a sponsor. Find us on facebook.com/dreamteachers, or follow us on twitter.com/DreamTeach[ersLA. Thank you for your ][1]interest and consideration.

      Ken Champagne