Buckeye Biology teacher wins statewide award

Buckeye Biology teacher Lacey Hoosier is the winner of a national award that recognizes the top Biology teacher in each state.

DEVILLE, La. (KALB) - The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), in conjunction with Carolina Biological Supply Company, has announced Buckeye High School's Lacey Hoosier will be the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.

The honor, given annually since 1961, identifies a teacher from each of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, other US Territories and Canada who has made invaluable contributions to the profession and has enhanced the learning of biology in her students. Criteria for the award include teaching ability, experience, innovation, initiative, positive student-teacher interactions and cooperativeness in the school and community.

Hoosier is an AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, and dual enrollment Anatomy and Physiology teacher at Buckeye High School in Deville. She received her BS from LSU-Alexandria, her master's degree from Northwestern State University, and additional coursework from Louisiana Tech. Hoosier’s teaching career spans ten years at Buckeye High School and Tioga High School.

Hoosier is also Buckeye's National Honor Society advisor, Quiz Bowl coach, Science Club sponsor, and Literary Rally coordinator and has served as Region Science Fair judge, cheerleading coach, and powerlifting Coach,

She was the Buckeye High School Teacher of the year 2015-2016, a Golden Apple Teacher, a nominee for the Presidential Award in Math and Science Teaching, Louisiana Science Teacher of the Year in 2013-2014, and the Tioga High School Teacher of the Year in 2007-2008.

A special presentation will be given by the National Association of Biology Teachers at its national conference in St. Louis, Missouri in November, 2017. In addition to the certificates awarded, Hoosier is presented with a gift certificate from Carolina Biological Supply Company, and a year’s complimentary membership in NABT.

The National Association of Biology Teachers and Louisiana Association of Biology Educators said they are extremely proud to recognize the contributions made by Hoosier.

“Such accomplishments and awards should make not only Lacey’s school district but the entire state of Louisiana proud. She is a priceless member of the education community," Louisiana OBTA Director Patsye Peebles said.