2016-17 Teacher of the Year Kayla Lucas



Kayla Lucas Named Dozier Teacher of the Year


On November 11, 2015, during the school's Annual Veteran's Day assembly, Dozier Elementary Principal Karla Toups announced that Kayla Gaspard Lucas was named the school’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. The surprised 4th grade teacher was then greeted with flowers by family members on hand. (Note: The Parish Teacher of the Year competition is a year ahead, making her eligible for the 2016-2017 competition.)

Lucas is a 1988 graduate of Captain Shreve High, who received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1993 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In 2007, she received her Master's Degree in Elementary Education,
Lucas recently explained a little about herself and her journey. She shared, "My family and I moved back home to Louisiana in 2011 after having lived in Colorado for 10 years. I am happy to be back home with my Cajun family."

Upon returning to Louisiana in 2011, she began teaching at Eaton Park and remained there until 2014. In the summer of 2014, she transferred to the Erath primary school and began her tenure at Dozier Elementary.

Principal Karla Toups shared that “Mrs. Lucas is a truly committed and dedicated educator. Both Dozier Elementary and the Erath community are both lucky to have her with here with us."

Lucas ended by saying. "Teaching allows me to work on hearts and minds and guide young people to become empowered, literate, engaged, and creative. The most rewarding part of my career is witnessing the growth that students make during the school year and how that growth impacts their future educational success."

The next level of competition for the Dozier teacher will now be at the parish level.

Lucas has been married to Todd Lucas for more than 20 years and together they have two children, Nicholas, and Kirby.

Pictured at the top are Assistant Principal Christine R. Hebert, Dozier Elementary Teacher of the Year Kayla Lucas and Dozier Elementary Principal Karla Toups. The bottom photo shows Lucas with her family.



Dozier Elementary (Pre K-5)
"We Care"

415 West Primeaux
Erath, LA 70533

Fax: 937-0630

Website address http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozier

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