There is no doubt it has been a tough year for teachers and schools across the nation and our state. But many teachers have stepped up to meet the needs of students during this unprecedented year.

Bossier Parish has selected its teachers of the year and is honoring those who have gone above and beyond to make sure students have the best opportunities to succeed.

Holly Doyal is named Bossier Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has taught kindergarten for the past five years at Kingston Elementary. The statement from Bossier schools says:

Early childhood education is her passion and Doyal takes a personal interest in each of her students to motivate them to do their best. She has been a Grade Level Team Leader each year at Kingston and served on the school’s Professional Learning Community Implementation Team. Doyal has also served as an after-school tutor and volunteer with the LightHouse summer literacy program and had a previous career in the pharmaceutical industry.

At the middle school level, Linda Morgan is the Teacher of the Year. She has been an educator for 12 years and she teaches 5th and 6th grade at Benton.

Here's more info released about Morgan:

She is also the Team Tech leader. Morgan has also coached the robotics and CyberPatriot teams that showed impressive finishes at the state level. Outside of the classroom, Morgan received the 2019 Norwela Council Bossier District Award of Merit, the highest honor a local district bestows upon a volunteer leader for service in Scouting.

And congrats to Steve Brown who has been named High School Teacher of the Year. He's been teaching for 30 years and he's one of the top performing teachers at Haughton High School

Bossier Parish releases this detail about Brown:

His students’ test scores in general and Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) English I prove his excellence; over 85-percent have received Advanced or Mastery on their LEAP 2025 assessments. His love for teaching also extends beyond school; Brown has served as a global citizen ambassador, taking students on educational journeys overseas.

“To be named Teacher of the Year during the pandemic is phenomenal, and these three educators are certainly that,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “Everyone in education has had to cross hurdles and roadblocks over the last year, which these teachers not only did, but excelled at.

Doyal, Morgan and Brown now move on to state competition. The Louisiana Department of Education will name its Semi-finalists in early spring.

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