Teacher of the Year honored at Golden Apple banquet

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Published: May. 7, 2019 at 11:05 PM CDT
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Twenty-seven strangers met at the Hotel Bentley to take a class photo. While not a traditional class belonging to one school, together they make up the “2018-2019 Golden Apple Teacher” winning class.

Throughout the school year,

These teachers were nominated by their students and surprised with flowers and a camera crew in the middle of the school day.

Tonight, they gathered together, first at the Hotel Bentley, then everyone paraded down the street to The Diamond Grill, for the evening’s festivities. They were treated to a night of prizes, delicious food, and a presentation from last year’s winner, Ashely Miles.

The host for the evening was Dallas Hixson, who spoke about how the award came about in 2014. He, along with KALB management, met to discuss how they could recognize a group we all felt deserved more recognition. A family goal passed down from his father, Hixson always wanted to serve the educators of Central Louisiana.

“Teachers don’t get recognized enough. And so much about education tends to be negative. We want it to be positive,” said Hixson inside the Diamond Grill. “I’m appreciative of the opportunity that we’re blessed enough to be able to do this.”

Throughout the night, he passed out prizes to the teachers in attendance. Each got to keep their own brass version of the “Golden Apple Award,” the perfect keepsake on a teacher’s desk.

Each teacher submitted an essay explaining why they felt they deserved the “Teacher of the Year” title. Prizes were given to fifth through first place, the grand prize being a new car from Hixson Autoplex.

This year’s winner was Jason Lachica. He was introduced to KALB viewers back in March when he received the “Golden Apple Teacher of the Week” title at his school, RAPPS, the alternative program in Rapides Parish.

Shocked after receiving the award, he addressed the audience of other teachers saying “It’s an honor to be recognized in the same breath as all of you.” Lachica continued, “I never imagined that somebody like me would be given this award.”

Also placing were:

2nd Place: Debra Leblanc, Bunkie High School

3rd Place: Lisa Cortez, Leesville High School

4th Place: Bradley Young, Northwood High School

5th Place: Crystal Mclin, Rosenthal Montessori Elementary School

Throughout the school year, KALB received thousands of nominations for outstanding teachers across all of Central Louisiana. While we can only recognize one a week, it’s an honor for any teacher to impact a student enough to encourage them to send in the nomination form.

Congratulations to all of our Golden Apple Teachers.

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