Three teachers and three principals have been selected as the 2020-2021 St. Tammany Parish Public School System Teachers and Principals of the Year.
Named as 2020-2021 District Teachers of the Year are Stephanie Carey from Abney Elementary, Diedre Perkins from Folsom Junior High, and Donna Mansfield from Covington High.
The 2020-2021 Principals of the Year are Lesa Bodnar from Folsom Elementary, Sheri Jones from Monteleone Junior High, and Bruce Bundy from Mandeville High.
"These six educators represent all of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System teachers and school leaders who devote their energy, passion, and creativity to help their students succeed," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "I'm proud to recognize these outstanding teachers and principals who truly make a difference in our schools and community."
Sheri Jones also has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2021 Louisiana Principal of the Year program held by the Louisiana Department of Education which honors the most exceptional school leaders from school systems across the state. She is among 24 principals selected to continue in the competition for Louisiana Principal of the Year.
Teachers and Principals of the Year are selected based on their success with students and, for principals, their work to support teachers. Each year, one teacher and one principal at each level – elementary, middle/junior high, and high school – are selected as the district level winners and move on to compete in the state competition.
Stephanie Carey, the Elementary Division Teacher of the Year, has been a teacher for eight years and has taught second grade at Abney Elementary for four years. She has collaborated with administrators and teachers to implement the district's curriculum for regular and special education students. She has often taken leadership and mentor roles in her schools, including serving as a TAP Mentor Teacher, Grade-Level Chair, Content Leader, and Mentor Teacher in the Student-Teacher Year-Long Residency Program. She has collaborated on school committees including PBIS, Title I SIP committee, Math Night, Literacy Night, STEM Night, and other parent engagement activities. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in teaching from the University of New Orleans.
Diedre Perkins, the Middle/Junior High Division Teacher of the Year, has taught at Folsom Junior High for 21 years. As a veteran English/Language Arts teacher, she has served as a mentor teacher for 10 years and collaborates on ELA curriculum and instruction at her school and the district level. She oversees and organizes activities for the Student Council and serves as the assistant basketball coach at her school. She received her bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Donna Mansfield, the High School Division Teacher of the Year, teaches Honors Biology I and II and Dual Enrollment Biology II at Covington High. She has been a teacher for 15 years and previously taught at Pitcher Junior High. Throughout her career, she has served as a lead teacher and mentor and currently serves as the lead for Science Department Professional Learning Community at her school. She coordinates a yearly Science Awareness Day for elementary students and co-sponsors the Environmental Club at Covington High. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from William Carey University and her master's degree in teaching from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Lesa Bodnar, the Elementary Division Principal of the Year, was appointed principal of Folsom Elementary in 2008 after previously serving as assistant principal at the school. She received her bachelor's degree in business education, teacher certification, and master's degree in administration and supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Sheri Jones, the Middle/Junior High Division Principal of the Year and semi-finalist for Louisiana Principal of the Year, has been the principal of Monteleone Junior High for five years and previously served as assistant principal of the school. She received her bachelor's degree in science education from Louisiana College and her master's degree in administration and supervision from Our Lady of Holy Cross College (now the University of Holy Cross).
Bruce Bundy, the High School Division Principal of the Year, has been the principal of Mandeville High for 18 years and served as assistant principal at Fontainebleau High for six years. He is a member of various educational organizations and serves as President of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Executive Committee. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Louisiana Tech University, a master's degree in educational administration from the University of New Orleans, and a specialist degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.