2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year


Kimberly Eckert, Brusly High SCHOOL

Kimberly teaches English Language Arts at Brusly High School. Her uncompromising respect for her students is evident as she embraces the challenges of the classroom everyday.

"In our community, being able to make students comfortable enough to share their thoughts is crucial, no matter how jarring the statements. I'm not going to tell students how they should think or feel but ask questions to help them reason. My job isn't to challenge the validity of their statements, but to get to the bottom of their motivations---equipping them with a way to think about and understand the world before they reach graduation, not after. I want them to be fearless, to know where and who they are...excited to be a part of the world."

Follow Kimberly at https://mrseckertseckcellentadventure.blogspot.com

Value the experiences of every student
by reinforcing what they do well
rather than tell them what to do
based upon content.
— Kimberly Eckert

2019 Semi-Finalists

  • Darla Giroir, Assumption Parish
  • Joshua Beard, Beauregard Parish
  • Spencer Kiper, Bossier Parish
  • Kathryn Ferguson, Caddo Parish
  • Regina Manning, Claiborne Parish
  • Susan Mingee, Concordia Parish
  • Cheryl White, DeSoto Parish
  • Emily Defoe, East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Heather Demoruelle, Evangeline Parish
  • Caitlin Meehan-Draper, FirstLine Schools, Inc.
  • Tasha Jolivette-Jones, Iberia Parish
  • Jessica Schwalb, Jefferson Parish
  • Keyre' Bradford Lafayette Parish
  • Jessica Bonura, Livingston Parish
  • Stephen Goodly, Orleans Parish
  • Elizabeth Gregorie, Richland Parish
  • Julia Campbell, Sabine Parish
  • Jennifer Maldonado, St. Bernard Parish
  • Michel Delatte, St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Hollis Wilson-Davis, St. Mary Parish
  • Sonya George, Union Parish
  • Kristen Bruce, Vernon Parish
  • Jessica Walker, West Feliciana Parish
  • Shinto Honora-Bethely, Zachary Community School District

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 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala to be held on July 27, 2018 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.