From Staff Reports
Rachel Gifford, a 5th grade teacher at Carrie martin Elementary School in Plain Dealing, was recognized as the American Legion’s Educator of the Year for the State of Louisiana.
She was awarded the “Educator of the Year” Plaque by Department Education Chairman Lester “Les” Cromwell at the American Legion State Convention at Alexandria on June 8. She was nominated for this honor by American Legion Post 202 in Benton. After winning the Legion’s 4th District competition she progressed to the State level where she was selected as the Educator of the Year.
Ms. Gifford teaches Science. She has been honored as “Teacher of the Year” four times at her school. She has also been selected as Region “Teacher of the Year” and a state finalistwhen nominated by the Bossier School System.
She was recognized by the American Legion through her strong support of the “Letters to the Front” program that encourages Bossier students to write motivational letters to our troops over seas. Last year Bossier students wrote 6,S42 letters to our troops in Afghanistan to arrive just prior to Christmas.
Ms. Gifford is an outstanding teacher with many awards to her credit. She has written grants for her school that resulted in over $300,000 in cash awards that enhanced school programs. In addition, she is continually attending workshops and other educational programs to improve her ability as a teacher. She is active in her community as a volunteer and she is a leader among her peers as President of the Bossier Association of Educators. Her many outstanding achievements in her school and community made her a most worthy recipient of “Educator of the Year” for Louisiana.