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Meet the 2017 LEF Teacher Award Finalists

Jan 10, 2018 09:13AM ● By Staff Writer

The Lafayette Education Foundation announces its 16 finalists for the 20th Annual Teacher Awards. Honoring outstanding educators K-12 throughout Lafayette, this event received over 1,400 nomination letters this year. Of the 782 educators nominated, the 16 finalists were chosen based off their reach, impact, and dedication promoting excellence in education.

The LEF Teacher Awards will be held on January 18, 2018, at the Heymann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited to join.  Those interested can find tickets on TicketMaster Outlets or purchased at the Heyman Center.

The sixteen finalists are separated into four categories, each category consisting of four nominees: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Inspirational.

Elementary School Category

This year’s Elementary School category’s finalists are:

 Becky Cade, J. Wallace James Elementary

 Catherine Hartweck, J. W. Faulk Elementary

 Julie Miller, Episcopal School of Acadiana

 Courtney Vincent, Broadmoor Elementary and Lafayette high

Middle School Category

In the Middle School category, we have Jennifer E. Caillier of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Karl Comeaux of Edgar Martin Middle, Lisette Ringault-Henderson of Paul Breaux Middle and Early College Academy, and Arlecia Patrice Malveaux of Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy.

 Jennifer E. Caillier, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Karl Comeaux, Edgar Martin Middle School

Lisette Ringault-Henderson, Paul Breaux Middle School, Early College Academy

Arlecia Patrice Malveaux, Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy

High School Category

The High School Category’s finalists are John Broussard and Philip Ryland of Acadiana High, Nicholas Credeur of Lafayette High, and Jacob Simon of Comeaux High.

John Broussard, Acadiana High School
Philip Ryland, Acadiana High School
Nicholas Credeur, Lafayette High School
Jacob Simon, Comeaux High School

Inspirational Category

Lastly, in the Inspirational Category, the finalists are Dana Rivera of Broadmoor Elementary, Lance Strother of St. Thomas More Catholic High, Beth Viator of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, and Chad Viator of LPSS Talented Program.

Dana Rivera, Broadmoor Elementary School

Lance Strother, St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Beth Viator, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Chad Viator, LPSS Talented Program

The 20th Annual LEF Teacher Awards is presented by Lafayette Education Foundation, The Daily Advertiser, Acadian Companies, Capital One Bank, Cox Communications, Entergy, Horace Mann, Giles Automotive, Ntense Technologies, 99.9 KTDY, KATC-TV 3, and FACE Magazine.