2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year
Chalmette High School, St. Bernard Parish
Chris Dier is both a product of the St. Bernard Parish public school system and the son of a career teacher. In his senior year of high school, hurricane Katrina uprooted him to Texas, where he finished high school and attended East Texas Baptist University to study history, political science, and psychology. Mr. Dier taught for five years at the middle school level before transferring to Chalmette High School. At St. Bernard Middle School, he was voted Teacher of the Year by colleagues and awarded the honor of parish-wide Teacher of the Year. At Chalmette High School, he was also named Teacher of the Year and once again earned the honor of parish-wide Teacher of the Year. In July, he was named the 2020 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Dier is always seeking ways to further develop as an educator. In 2016, he was selected as a Hollyhock Fellow at Stanford University, a program that brings educators together to work collectively towards creating more inclusive classrooms. In 2018, he completed an Advanced Placement Summer Institute course at Fordham University and currently participates in professional development programs at Harvard Business School that focus on case method teaching. Recently, Chris was recognized as a Distinguished Teacher by the American Petroleum Institute. He holds two Master’s degrees from the University of New Orleans and has written a book about St. Bernard Parish that was published by The History Press.
In the classroom Mr. Dier is dedicated to providing an equitable and multicultural education to all who walk through his door! Outside of the classroom Mr. Dier enjoys playing soccer, traveling, reading, writing, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his family.
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The Teacher of the Year Process
The process for selecting a Louisiana Teachers of the Year begins at the local level. Each school within every public or public charter school district is eligible to select a Teacher of the Year subject to their own selection criteria. Those individual local school nominations are sent to the District level for further review and consideration.
Each District Superintendent or public charter school District may select three outstanding teachers to forward to the State Department of Education for competition at the state level. Of the three District nominations, there will be one elementary, one middle school, and one high school teacher selected.
The Louisiana Department of Education continues a review and evaluation of all District candidates submitted. To learn more about the Teacher of the Year selection process, contact LDOE at louisianabelieves.com/teaching/award-programs. Questions regarding the selection process or on-line applications should be directed to the department.
The 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year will be announced at the 2019 Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala to be held on July 19, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. This event is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Louisiana’s outstanding educators, and is jointly sponsored by Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Department of Education in cooperation with the Louisiana Association of Principals.