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Richard named a state semi-finalist in the Louisiana Excellent Educators Program



LOUISIANA – Kaitlyn Richard, a South Beauregard Elementary teacher, has been honored among the top elementary teachers in the state in the 2021-2022 Excellent Educators Program, according to Kari Ifland, Teacher of the Year Coordinator.

“Ms. Richard has been selected as a state semi-finalist in the Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the State Department of Education,” Ifland said. “She has been chosen as one of twenty-four educators and among only eight in the elementary division to be named a state semi-finalist.”    Kaitlyn Richard TOY Semifinalist

The Excellent Educators Program recognizes Teachers of the Year and Principals of the  Year on the high school, middle school, and elementary levels for commitment to student  success, excellence in their field, collaboration with colleagues, and demonstration of  leadership  and innovation in the classroom.

Richard has been a classroom teacher for five years and currently teaches second  grade at the school.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from McNeese State  University, graduating as an honor student with a minor in Psychology. She is a 2011  Valedictorian graduate of South Beauregard High School.

Richard believes that involving students in an immersive educational environment is   the key to making learning fun, engaging, and memorable.

She is inspired by the Benjamin Franklin quote: “Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may    remember; involve me and I learn.”

Richard is passionate about thinking outside the box to bring a new perspective to teaching and learning.

Throughout the school year, her students will arrive at her door to find the classroom transformed into a new environment, and what would have been a normal, ordinary school day becomes something extraordinary.