An otherwise overcast Monday morning was brightened for three Bossier Parish educators when an entourage, led by
Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey, surprised them with news they are the 2021-22 Bossier Parish Teachers
of the Year.
Holly Doyal, the Bossier Parish Elementary Teacher of the Year, has taught kindergarten for the past five years at
Kingston Elementary. Early childhood education is her passion and Doyal takes a personal interest in each of her
students to motivate them to do their best. She has been a Grade Level Team Leader each year at Kingston and served
on the school’s Professional Learning Community Implementation Team. Doyal has also served as an after-school tutor
and volunteer with the LightHouse summer literacy program and had a previous career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Linda Morgan is a 12-year educator and the Bossier Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year. She teaches fifth/sixth
grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) at Benton Intermediate School, where she
is also the Team Tech leader. Morgan has also coached the robotics and CyberPatriot teams that showed impressive
finishes at the state level. Outside of the classroom, Morgan received the 2019 Norwela Council Bossier District Award of
Merit, the highest honor a local district bestows upon a volunteer leader for service in Scouting.
Steve Brown, the Bossier Parish High School Teacher of the Year, is a long-time educator and one of the district’s top
performing teachers with 30 years of experience. He teaches at Haughton High School, where his students’ test scores in
general and Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) English I prove his excellence; over 85-percent have received Advanced or
Mastery on their LEAP 2025 assessments. Recognized for his common sense approach to teaching and willingness to
adapt to change, Brown served on the Superintendent’s Strong Start panel in summer 2020. His love for teaching also
extends beyond school; Brown has served as a global citizen ambassador, taking students on educational journeys
“To be named Teacher of the Year during the pandemic is phenomenal, and these three educators are certainly that,”
said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “Everyone in education has had to cross hurdles and roadblocks
over the last year, which these teachers not only did, but excelled at. They represent Bossier Parish well and are to be
Doyal, Morgan and Brown will now move to the next level in the state Teacher of the Year competition. The Louisiana
Department of Education will name its Semi-finalists in early spring.