St. Bernard Parish Public Schools Announce 2021-2022 Teachers of the Year
Chalmette, LA - The St. Bernard Parish Public School System proudly recognizes twelve exceptional educators who were recently named Teachers of the Year. This honor, bestowed on one outstanding educator at each school andselected by their peers, celebrates excellence in classroom practices and school leadership.
This year’s winners include:
Elementary School Teachers of the Year
Arabi Elementary | Hena Jaber
Arlene Meraux Elementary | Magen Arabie
Chalmette Elementary| Alecia Desselle
Joseph J. Davies | Meghan McMullin
J. F. Gauthier | Sarah Morales
Lacoste Elementary | Kelli Burgard
W. Smith, Jr. Elementary | Telya Lopez
Middle School Teachers of the Year
Andrew Jackson Middle School | Daniel Munch
N. P. Trist Middle School | Brooke Royce
St. Bernard Middle School | Heidi Scharfenstein
High School Teachers of the Year
Chalmette High School | Justin Templet
Rowley Alternative | Robert Borrello
Superintendent Doris Voitier said this dynamic dozen of dedicated professionals demonstrate excellence in teaching and a true commitment to student learning.
“The Teacher of the Year program acknowledges and celebrates our district’s exceptional educators,” Voitier said. “These teachers’ commitment to student success exemplifies all that is good in our public schools. We are proud to have them in our classrooms.”
School winners will also compete at the district level when community leaders and educators conduct interviews to select an elementary, middle, and high school district winner. Those winners then compete for statewide consideration.
St. Bernard Parish Public Schools has a long history of its teachers being recognized at the state level, including three statewide winners. The 2022 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, Annelise Cassar Tedesco, currently teaches at Chalmette High School and serves as the Music Director of CHS Voices. The district has also had several teachers recognized at the semi-finalist and finalist rounds of the competition.
Voitier said this legacy of excellence allows the district to flourish. “We are all united by our commitment to public education, and we congratulate this year’s Teachers of the Year. Each has a gift – one of love, commitment, dedication, and above all compassion. I am proud to say that these teachers are ours.”