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A pair of Cenla educators in the running for Louisiana teacher and principal of the year

State Superintendent John White with Rosepine Principal Johnny Bosley and Pickering...
State Superintendent John White with Rosepine Principal Johnny Bosley and Pickering High&amp;rsquo;s Kristen Bruce.<br />(Courtesy: Vernon Parish School Board(KALB)
Published: May. 31, 2018 at 6:10 PM CDT
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The Louisiana Department of Education announced the finalists for the 2019 Teacher and Principal of the Year awards on Wednesday during the opening session of the annual Teacher Leader Summit on Wednesday.

The 18 finalists are elementary, middle, and high school educators from school systems across the state. Winners will be selected from this group and announced at a celebration ceremony in late July.

Over 7,000 teachers from every school district in Louisiana are attending the 3-day Teacher Leaders Summit in New Orleans. They will participate in numerous educational sessions and leadership training events.

Finalists include two educators from Central Louisiana. Amanda Morrison, principal of Grant High School is one of nine finalists for Principal of the Year.

"It's a very rewarding profession, we get to meet students and parents every day and change lives every day and so it's very rewarding and we look forward to working with students every single day," said Morrison in an interview with Hometown Productions.

Kristen Bruce from Pickering High School is one of nine finalists for Teacher of the Year. Around 70 members of the Vernon Parish School District are in New Orleans for the Teacher Leader Summit.