"The most important person to the overall success of students, outside their home, is the classroom teacher."

The 2017-18 Teachers of the Year and Principals of the Year were honored by the Ascension Parish School Board at its Tuesday night meeting. Awards were given to one teacher from each school plus one teacher and one principal in each division: primary school, middle school and high school.

"Congratulations to each of you for earning this honor and recognition," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "The most important person to the overall success of students, outside their home, is the classroom teacher; and the most important person to the success of a school is the school's principal. Ascension Parish has been blessed by your commitment to excellence in service, teamwork, leadership and learning."

PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR:

*Paisley Morgan, St. Amant Primary School

*Lori Charlet, Gonzales Middle School

*Lynn Hathaway, APPLe Digital Academy

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR:

*Chantal Correll, APPLe Digital Academy

*Tarleshia Miles, Donaldsonville High School

*Maureen Ballotta, Dutchtown High School (HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR)

*Raymie Bell, Early College Option

*Aaron Pendleton, East Ascension High School

*Kayla Bates, St. Amant High School

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR:

*Jodi Burgett, Central Middle School

*Ashley Brown, Dutchtown Middle School (MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR)

*Michelle Savoy, Galvez Middle School

*Jessalyn Bourgeois, Gonzales Middle School

*Britne' Edmonston, Lake Elementary School

*Earldean Arvie, Lowery Middle School

*Melissa Suhs, Prairieville Middle School

*Sandra Douzart, St. Amant Middle School

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR:

*Trudy Hebert, Ascension Head Start

*Sheena Prelow, G.W. Carver Primary School

*Noelle Graham, Central Primary School

*Catherine Dean, Donaldsonville Primary School

*Tunisha Lea, Duplessis Primary School

*Jacquelyne Strong, Dutchtown Primary School

*Lilias Adele Yount, Galvez Primary School

*Ashlee Bordelon, Gonzales Primary School

*Hollie LeBlanc, Lake Elementary School (PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR)

*Cindy Bonham, Lakeside Primary School

*Chelsie Griffin, Lowery Elementary School

*Kris Carbon, Oak Grove Primary School

*Kate Hynes Duhé, Pecan Grove Primary School

*Holly Barrial, Prairieville Primary School

*Denee Babin, Sorrento Primary School

*Amanda Harris, Spanish Lake Primary School

*Amy Trant, St. Amant Primary School

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