2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year

christopher dier

Chalmette High School, St. Bernard Parish

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— Christopher Dier


  • Dan Osgood, Belle Chasse Academy, Inc.

  • Lacey Blocker, Calcasieu Parish, FINALIST

  • Justin Overacker, City of Monroe School District

  • Amanda Crane, Claiborne Parish, FINALIST

  • Loretta Wooters, Community School For

    Apprenticeship Learning

  • Scarlett Walker, DeSoto Parish

  • Rajasekhar Yarraguntia, East Carroll Parish

  • Lisa Celestine Jack, Evangeline Parish, 2020 Middle School Teacher of the Year

  • Alejandra Wiggers, Franklin Parish

  • Jessica Borland, 2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year

  • Jamie Staes, Jefferson Parish

  • Brittany Legendre, Lafourche Parish, FINALIST

  • Annie Smith, Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation, FINALIST

  • Jessica Breaux, Orleans Parish, FINALIST

  • Emily Ogden, Richland Parish, 2020 High School Teacher of the Year

  • Christopher Dier, St. Bernard Parish, 2020 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year

  • Lauren Schoeffler, St. Landry Parish

  • Hunter Landry, St. Martin Parish

  • Kathleen Cranford, Tangipahoa Parish

  • Kristal Eimer, Terrebonne Parish

  • Shane Theall, Vermilion Parish

  • Danelle Nash, Vernon Parish

  • Eunice Dieguez, West Feliciana Parish

  • Nathan Munsell, 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 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.