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Several Northwestern State graduates were finalists for Teacher of the Year.
NSU producing outstanding educators
School continues commitment to training teachers
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s College of Education and Human Development produced eight regional winners for 2013 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

Regional finalists at the high school level were Dewey Gladen Eaves, Jr. of Zwolle High School, who earned a degree in secondary education and biology in 2004, and Melanie Schweiger of Stanley High School, who earned a graduate degree in school counseling in 1996.

At the middle school level, Amanda Warren of Lake Harbor Middle School in Mandeville was named Middle School Teacher of the Year. She earned her master’s degree in education technology in 2009. Regional finalist June M. Bergeron of North Vermilion High School (middle school level) earned a master’s degree in education technology in 2004. Regional finalist Monica Alphonso of Anacoco Elementary School (middle school level), earned a master’s degree in educational technology in 2008. Amy Crain of Dutchtown Middle School is currently completing a master’s in curriculum and instruction.

Regional finalist at the elementary school level was Erica Guillory of R.W. Vincent Elementary School who is currently taking classes at NSU for add on certification in academically gifted.

Last year, Natchitoches Magnet teacher and Northwestern State alumna April Giddens served as Louisiana’s overall Teacher of the Year and represented the state at several regional and national education conferences.

“Our graduates’ successes, whether awards or daily work with K-12 students, reaffirms our commitment to preparing educators who can help all children learn. The outstanding quality of our programs at initial and advanced levels has been recognized through continuing national accreditation,” said Dr. Kimberly McAlister, head of the Department of Teaching and Learning. “Anyone who wants to become a teacher or other educational professional should choose NSU. We’ve been the state’s leader since 1884 and work hard to maintain that tradition with continually updated programs.”

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