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Allen board names teachers of year

Last Modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:30 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

OBERLIN — Outstanding educators were honored Monday by the Allen Parish School Board.

Teachers of the year are Christine Fontenot, a first-grade teacher at Kinder Elementary School; Cindy Carpenter, a literacy coach at Oakdale Middle School; and April Fruge, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Kinder High School.

Fontenot, who was unable to attend the meeting, was also selected to represent the district at the regional level under the new teacher of the year process, according to Clarice Papillion, high school supervisor.

“Although the process ended there, we appreciate her (Fontenot) completing the application process which included student data, a video of instruction, lesson and unit plan corresponding with the video and a lesson reflection for her portfolio,” Papillion said. “We appreciate her dedication to our students.”

Other parishwide teacher of the year finalists were Corrie Roberts, Kinder Middle; Amy Hodges, Oakdale Elementary; Kristin Victorian, Oakdale High; Ashley Vidrine, Oberlin Elementary; and Sheryl Banks and Somer Wilt, both of Oberlin High.

Superintendent Michael Doucet explained that each school selects a teacher to serve as their school-level teacher of the year,

Those competing completed applications that were judged by a parish selection committee, which also interviewed the candidates, he said.

“My appreciation goes to the teachers and judges for their dedication to this program and our students,” Doucet said.

Parish winners each received a $100 check, a plaque and a golden apple inscribed with their names and schools.

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