2018 H. Norman Saurage III

Service Award Winner


LIsa Lukowski Wiggins

Instructional Librarian, Northwestern University Lab School, Natchitoches, LA

Meet last year's incredible winner — she exemplifies the spirit and dedication to community service inspired by Community Coffee’s H. Norman Saurage III.

Ms. Wiggins’ commitment to community service is a long and sustained effort over two decades. It’s difficult to list all of her passionate activity, but here goes! She is an active member of Holy Cross Church and is the CCD teacher for youth; Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council; Advisory Committee for 4H; Chairman of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients; Service League of Natchitoches; Community Drive for Hurricane Harvey; American Legion Auxiliary; Farmer’s Market Volunteer;Co-founder and assistant of NCHS Fishing Team; Cheer Coach; Coordinator for Empower NePali Girls; Coordinator for education materials for US Peace Corps in Swaziland, Africa; Summer Garden founder; Coordinator for book donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Coordinator of Tab Top Collection for Sewing Hope Foundation, Africa.

Lisa sums it up this way: “Being the 4-H Leader gives me the opportunity to instill within my students character, citizenship and leadership skills. After a library research project, we join forces with the American Legion, the Northwestern State University ROTC, and high school Jr. ROTC to clean up cemeteries and place flags by veteran graves. We make cards and gifts to honor the veterans at Alexandria’s Veterans Hospital.

Lisa’s community service grows naturally out of her relationships with her students and their families as she creates was to teach practical life lessons that instill a love of “giving back.”

Dream Teachers Calls for Nominations!

About The award

In honor of the late Norman Saurage, longtime Chairman of the Board for Community Coffee, Dream Teachers will recognize a Louisiana teacher for outstanding service to the community. Both the Saurage family and the Community Coffee Company have been  active advocates for public education in Louisiana for more than 40 years.

The H. Norman Saurage III Service Award will go to a Louisiana public school teacher who has demonstrated not only outstanding instructional skills, but has made an exceptional personal contribution outside of the classroom to student enrichment, professional leadership, or community service.  The award can recognize the achievement of a single outstanding event, or continuous dedicated service over a period of time.


Louisiana public school teachers with a minimum one-year of service may be nominated. Teachers previously nominated may be re-nominated for subsequent years.


Please click the NOMINATE button above to access the nomination form. Peers, parents, principals, superintendents, organizations or anyone who has knowledge of a teacher who has made significant community service contributions may nominate a teacher. Thoughtfully describe the activities and reasons your nominee should be selected. Your nominee will be asked to complete a formal application.

Nominations for 2019 are OPEN until June 1.

Activities may include:

  • After-school tutoring

  • Coordinating charity events or fundraising events

  • Represents the school at community events

  • Organizes and or leads school clubs

  • Performs professional development programs

  • Demonstrates leadership in professional organizations

  • Serves on non-profit board

  • Volunteers with charitable or non-profit organization

  • Volunteers during the summer

  • Does home visits or other out of school initiatives

  • Initiated new program or special event

  • Serving as an inspiration to others

The Award

The award recipient will be recognized at the Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala on July 19, 2019.  The recipient will receive a cash award, and a portion of the cash prize will be dedicated to help support their continued extracurricular activity.

Note to 2019 Finalists

Finalists for 2019 will be selected by a Dream Teachers evaluation committee and are invited to participate in the annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Gala to be held July 19, 2019 in Baton Rouge. The 2019 winner will be announced at the Gala and will receive a personal cash award, plus a cash award that will be donated to his/her selected nonprofit cause.