On the evening of Saturday, July 30th, the 16th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala, was held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The Museum’s Freedom Pavilion was filled with educators and leaders from all over Louisiana. Dream Teachers (a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and rewarding exceptional educators throughout the state), and the Louisiana Department of Education, partner to host this gala each year. The event celebrates the state’s leading educators, recognizing teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.
Kerri Lee, a teacher at Zachary Elementary School, was honored as a Louisiana State Teacher of the Year Semifinalist. Coach Lee teaches health and physical education at Zachary Elementary School, where she has taught since 2009. Several of her Zachary Elementary colleagues, administrators, as well as her family, were in attendance to support the honoree.