Bogalusa City Schools Announces 2023 Teachers of the Year

Published 11:11 am Friday, January 26, 2024

BOGALUSA, La. – In a heartwarming celebration of excellence in education, the Bogalusa City Schools proudly announced the winners of the 2023 Teacher of the Year competition during the school board meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Among the honorees, Glenda Robertson, a dedicated educator at Byrd Avenue Primary School, emerged victorious as the Elementary Teacher of the Year. At the high school level, Olivia Kemp King, a faculty member at Bogalusa High School, clinched the title of High School Teacher of the Year.

The announcement, made by Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Byron Hurst, was met with resounding applause from attendees, including the proud families of the esteemed winners.

“This recognition is a testament to the unwavering commitment and passion demonstrated by Glenda Robertson and Olivia Kemp King in shaping the minds of our students,” remarked Superintendent Hurst. “Their dedication to excellence exemplifies the values we hold dear in our educational community.”

This year’s Teacher of the Year competition witnessed a notable elevation in standards, requiring participants to not only submit written essays but also demonstrate their exemplary teaching practices in the classroom. The rigorous selection process underscored the exceptional caliber of educators within Bogalusa City Schools.

As Superintendent Hurst presented the awards, he commended the winners for their tireless efforts in shaping the future leaders of Bogalusa. “Glenda Robertson and Olivia Kemp King epitomize the dedication, creativity, and passion that define outstanding educators,” he remarked. “Their contributions to our school community are immeasurable, and we are incredibly proud to honor their achievements.”

Byrd Avenue Primary School Principal Tonyah Jefferson spoke highly of Mrs. Robertson and her years of experience as an educator, also mentioning that she had come out of retirement to help students on their education journey.

Bogalusa High School Principal Eric Greely spoke about Mrs. King’s dedication to her students throughout the entire school day, as well as her successful creation of the schools new speech and debate team.

Robertson and King were rewarded for their exceptional skills and work ethic with a $500 check, presented by Superintendent Hurst. With their families in attendance both Robertson and King expressed their joy in being chosen as Teacher of the Year.

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