"We give a special congratulations to those recognized this year and a heartfelt thank you for being a model of service, teamwork, leadership, and learning."

Ascension Public Schools announces the Teachers of the Year and Principals of the Year for 2018-19. These top educators were selected by their respective school peers. In the spring, all honorees will be recognized at an Ascension Parish School Board Meeting, where the district will name a top teacher for primary, middle and high school divisions. The district honorees will go on to compete for the state's 2020 Teacher and Principal of the Year selection in the summer.

"What an outstanding accomplishment for these 34 professional educators who dedicate their professional lives, and much of their personal time and resources, to serving the successful development of the children in our community! We know and appreciate the hard work and dedication of all our teachers and principals. To be recognized as a Teacher of the Year or a Principal of the Year among such high quality peers is quite an accomplishment," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.

"We give a special congratulations to those recognized this year and a heartfelt thank you for being a model of service, teamwork, leadership, and learning. Their work ensures that our students have access to quality experiences every day so that they can ultimately graduate properly equipped for post-secondary success, a quality of life, and to be contributors to society," said Alexander.

PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR

---Carol Smith, Prairieville Primary School

---Dina Davis, Prairieville Middle School

---Carli Francois, Dutchtown High School

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

---Hannah Kamla, APPLe Digital Academy

---Rachel Powell, Early College Option

---Treenise Moore, Donaldsonville High School

---Ryan Bravata, Dutchtown High School

---Drucilla Bull, East Ascension High School

---Marianne McKeithen, St. Amant High School

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

---Sha'Myra Williams, Central Middle School

---Amie Navarre, Dutchtown Middle School

---Betsey Baldwin, Galvez Middle School

---Bridgette Ford, Gonzales Middle School

---Morgan Hutchinson, Lake Elementary

---Courtney Harness, Lowery Middle School

---Tab Harris, Prairieville Middle School

---Kellie Duplechein, St. Amant Middle School

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

---Tonya H. Harden, Ascension Head Start

---Johnna Annie B. Williams, G.W. Carver Primary School

---Maryalice Boss, Central Primary School

---Natasha Sheldon, Donaldsonville Primary School

---Leslie Davidson, Duplessis Primary School

---Dena Toncrey, Dutchtown Primary School

---Taylor Hannaman, Galvez Primary School

---Chasity Carr Franklin, Gonzales Primary School

---Allison Krouse, Lake Elementary School

---Donna Condiff Davis, Lakeside Primary School

---Sarah Trohoske, Lowery Elementary School

---Ashley Townsend, Oak Grove Primary School

---Katrina Burgess, Pecan Grove Primary School

---Kelly Naquin, Prairieville Primary School

---Amanda Dugas, Sorrento Primary School

---Dawn Pontillas, Spanish Lake Primary School

---Megan Starkey, St. Amant Primary School

To learn more about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.

Contributed by Ascension Public Schools