Amber Beach, a fourth grade math teacher at Princeton Elementary in Bossier Parish, was named the 2017 Elementary State Teacher of the Year recently in Baton Rouge at the 10th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration.
The Louisiana Department of Education singled out Beach among her thousands of peers across the state. First named Princeton’s Teacher of the Year, Beach went on to be selected as Bossier Schools’ Teacher of the Year and was later chosen by LDOE as one of three elementary state finalists.
“I am so honored and humbled to be named Louisiana’s Elementary Teacher of the Year,” Beach said. “I am among a group of outstanding educators, so needless to say, I was shocked when my name was called. I have to say I immediately thought about how proud each one of my students would be. This is just as much their success as it is mine.”
Beach said her greatest reward as a teacher is the strong, heartfelt relationships she forms with her students and their families, adding parental and community support is critical to a child’s success and for public education to work.
Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith, who attended the awards gala, lauded Beach as an exemplary educator who sees each child as an individual and helps them realize their full potential.
“Amber Beach’s passion as an educator is reflected in how she interacts with and inspires her students both in and out of the classroom,” said Superintendent Smith. “She not only inspires them, but sparks their imagination and that leads to innovation.”
Superintendent Smith continued, adding “Mrs. Beach is a testament to the caliber of highly effective teachers we have at Bossier Parish Schools. Reaching this pinnacle in her eighth year of teaching is a wonderful accomplishment for Mrs. Beach as well as Princeton Elementary, her principal and colleagues. As a district, we could not be more proud.”