Every week, Chica & the Bald Guy search the Shreveport/Bossier City area (commonly referred to as the SBC) for your favorite teacher.  Every single person who chooses the teaching lifestyle does so knowing that they will most likely never get rich for it.  The fearless men and women that face a class full (or more) of our kids day in and day out deserve much more than they get.

It is in that spirit that we seek to recognize one educator a week who goes above and beyond the call of duty for her students!  This week, that exemplary teacher is Shreve Island Elementary School 3rd Grade Elizabeth Balch!  Elizabeth teaches 3rd grade and is a Louisiana State University at Shreveport graduate with a Masters in Educational Leadership.  On top of all of that, she's currently working on her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Elizabeth was nominated by her absolute BFF Hailey Watkins!  Hailey is obviously in awe of her bestie's dedication to her students while simultaneously advancing her own education.  Here's what she had to say:

Lizzy is one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever met. She’s been my best friend for almost 15 years now, and watching her excel in her dreams of being a teacher is an amazing thing to watch. Not only does she go above and beyond to make each and every one of her kids feel so special but she’s also almost done with her Doctorate degree for herself and that in itself just shows the dedication and determination she sets forth for an amazing role model for her kids. I know I’m extremely proud to be her friend and watch her continue on this journey.

Congratulations, Elizabeth Balch - you are Chica & the Bald Guy's Teacher of the Week.  Not only do you have our respect and admiration, you have also been awarded a $50 gift card good at Notini's restaurant and a free King Cake from Lilah's!

Nominate the most amazing teacher you know for next week's Teacher of the Week Award!