Three LPSS educators in the running for top state award
Northside High School history teacher Craig Wall is one step closer to an honor that could land him behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz for an entire year. According to a release from the Louisiana Department of Education, Wall has been selected as one of eight finalists statewide for the 2013 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year. The annual Teacher of the Year awards also include a top teacher in the elementary and middle school categories, both of which have eight finalists vying for the honor.
Once the three top teachers are selected in each category, LDOE selects one overall 2013 Teacher of the Year. The recipient of that prestigious award will advance to the National Teacher of the Year competition and be handed the keys to a brand new car for one year courtesy of Mercedes Benz of Baton Rouge.
Two Lafayette school administrators, Plantation Elementary School Principal Anne Herrmann and Edgar Martin Middle Principal Bobby Badeaux, are in the running for LDOE’s 2013 Principal of The Year, the 15 finalists for which were announced in February.
All regional finalists, as well as category Teacher of the Year winners, will be given cash prizes and other donated gifts for their outstanding efforts in education.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.