The 2016-17 Teachers of the Year and Principals of the Year were honored by the Ascension Parish School Board at its March 21 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. The district winners will go on to compete for the 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

"We are blessed with student talent and dedicated teachers and principals in Ascension Parish who give our children opportunities to learn every day in the classroom. Our district is also surrounded by a wonderful community who believes in education, expects schools to be excellent, and provides the resources and support we need to make that happen," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.

Principals Of The Year:

Latatia Johnson, G.W. Carver Primary School

Doug Walker, Dutchtown Middle School

Mia Edwards, St. Amant High School

High School Teachers Of The Year:

Erica Ikerd, APPLe Digital Academy

O'Neil Robinson, Donaldsonville High School

Emily Smith, Dutchtown High School

Monica Speligene, Early College Option

Jamie Andrews, East Ascension High School (High School Teacher Of The Year)

Dennis Beaver, St. Amant High School

Middle School Teachers Of The Year:

Penny Hood, Central Middle

Kathryn Edmonds, Dutchtown Middle (Middle School Teacher Of The Year)

Timothy McCarty, Galvez Middle

Courtney Dumas, Gonzales Middle

Michalyn Ourso, Lake Elementary

Alicia Lovelady, Lowery Middle

Rebecca Kelley, Prairieville Middle

Kristin Dupuy, St. Amant Middle

Primary School Teachers Of The Year:

Amy Nevills, Ascension Head Start

Jami Fontenot, G.W. Carver Primary (Primary School Teacher Of The Year)

Kim Gordon, Central Primary

Vanessa Fennell, Donaldsonville Primary

Chantelle Roussel, Duplessis Primary

Melissa Deck, Dutchtown Primary

Kelly Angrisano, Galvez Primary

Tami Stewart, Gonzales Primary

Melissa Cole, Lake Elementary

Jennifer Guttery, Lakeside Primary

Ashley Cooper, Lowery Elementary

Joely Petite, Oak Grove Primary

Charleen Long, Pecan Grove Primary

Mae Stevens, Prairieville Primary

Amanda Martine, Sorrento Primary

Catherine Ragusa, Spanish Lake Primary

Lisa Babin, St. Amant Primary