United Way of Acadiana announces partnership to host LEF Teacher Awards presented by Love Our Schools, opens nominations for teachers

United Way of Acadiana announced it will host the 2021 Teacher Awards, presented by Love Our Schools.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 2:39 PM

LAFAYETTE – United Way of Acadiana announced it will host the 2021 Teacher Awards, presented by Love Our Schools, which will focus on honoring outstanding teachers in Lafayette Parish.

Lafayette Education Foundation began the annual awards ceremony in 1999 and it has been a hallmark event for education in Lafayette for more than a generation.

“This event has for decades recognized and rewarded the most amazing educators in Lafayette. With United Way of Acadiana’s longtime commitment to education, we are excited to partner with others on this event as we continue to grow our impact in education across our four-parish area,” said Carlee Alm-LaBar, President and CEO of United Way of Acadiana.

“We are thrilled that United Way of Acadiana came to the table to continue this beloved community event. Given the challenges of the past year, we know there are so many educators in our community who have stepped up, and we can’t wait to see them rewarded again,” said Blaise Zuschlag, President of the Lafayette Education Foundation.

Lafayette Parish School System Superintendent, Irma Trosclair, expressed her support for the continuation of the awards, "As a long-standing partner in education with the Lafayette Parish School System, I am so grateful that United Way of Acadiana has been able to continue this tradition of recognizing our teachers. Especially considering this year of uncertainty, not only have our teachers continued to educate our students through in-person and remote learning, but they have also provided social and emotional support. It is heartwarming to know that our educators will continue to be nominated and recognized for these outstanding efforts."

Nominations are live and will close April 9 with a modified “pin patrol” to be held the week of April 19. The virtual awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 18.

“Our teachers are one of our greatest natural resources,” says Dr. William C. “Kip” Schumacher of Love Our Schools. “We are excited to support the recognition of their extraordinary efforts, especially during this past year. Everyone in our community should consider nominating an extraordinary educator that has positively impacted their lives.”

For program information or to nominate a Lafayette Parish teacher, visit www.unitedwayofacadiana.org/teacherawards or call 337-232-8302.

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