Livingston Parish science educator named La. teacher of year
BATON ROUGE - A science educator from Livingston Parish is driving a new Mercedes free for a year after being selected as Louisiana's teacher of the year.
The education department announced Friday that Joni Smith, a seventh grade science teacher at Albany Middle School, was selected for the award. Her students' scores on life science tests rank first in the parish and fourth statewide.
The award comes with a paid one-year lease for a new Mercedes.
Named Louisiana's principal of the year was Sedric Clark, principal at Mansfield High School in DeSoto Parish. The education department says that during Clark's six-year tenure, the school's graduation rate has increased from 66 percent to 96 percent.