UNO Graduate Student Named 2013 Louisiana Teacher of The Year

A graduate student working toward her master’s degree in English literature at the University of New Orleans has been named the 2013 Louisiana High School Teacher of the year. Amanda Baudot, a teacher at Hahnville High School in St. Charles Parish, received the honor during the Sixth Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration in Baton Rouge.

"Great teachers and great leaders are the heart and soul of great schools. These distinguished educators and administrators are a fine representation of the high-caliber professionals we are fortunate to have in Louisiana public schools," State Superintendent John White said at the awards ceremony honoring nearly 300 educators.

"Each of the educators we honored during the celebration of education represent the backbone of our educational system. They are shaping the lives of our children, and we all enjoy thanking them in this very special way."

Baudot teaches 10th-grade English, according to The Times-Picayune. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing with a minor in communication studies from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and has completed 27 hours toward her master's degree in English literature at UNO.

Baudot, who is certified in secondary English from the Louisiana Resource Center for Education, began her teaching career in 2006 at Hahnville High, where she has taught English, creative writing and reading, according to the newspaper. She is a member of the Louisiana Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is also a teacher consultant for the Greater New Orleans Writing Project.

At Hahnville High School, she is a Senior Project mentor, professional learning community facilitator for English II, a new teacher mentor, scholastic writing coordinator and English tutor.

As Louisiana Teacher of the Year, Boudot will receive Community Coffee for one year in the school lounge, two tickets to Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge from Coca-Cola, an ActivSound 100 system with four speakers from AXI Ed Solutions, a leather laptop bag from Pearson's Travel, a $100 gift certificate from School Aids, a $100 discount coupon from H&R Block Tax Preparation and $2,500 from Dream Teachers. Baudot was chosen from among regional semi-finalists as winner and will now go on to compete at a national level.