Three teachers and three principals have been selected as the 2021-2022 St. Tammany Parish Public School System Teachers and Principals of the Year.
Named as 2021-2022 District Teachers of the Year are Jessica Baudin from Marigny Elementary, Brianna Davis from Clearwood Junior High, and Jochen Kranz from Pearl River High.
The 2021-2022 Principals of the Year are Stephanie Jackson from Abney Elementary, Amy Barrow from Folsom Junior High, and Saudah Blackman-Stokes from Salmen High.
“I am proud to have these outstanding teachers and principals represent the St. Tammany Parish Public School System,” said Superintendent Frank Jabbia. “They are passionate about education and are truly making a difference in their schools and communities.”
Amy Barrow also has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2022 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.
Jessica Baudin, the Elementary Division Teacher of the Year, has taught for 11 years. She has been a first grade teacher at Marigny Elementary since 2016. As a leader in her school, she serves as head of the Math Committee, First Grade Level Chair Representative, Kiwanis K-Kids Moderator, and is working to become a State Math Content Leader. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans and master’s degree from the American College of Education.
Brianna Davis, the Middle/Junior High Division Teacher of the Year, began teaching in 2017 and is in her second year teaching 7th grade English Language Arts at Clearwood Junior High. She serves as the coach and sponsor of the Clearwood Junior High Cheer squad. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Jochen Kranz, the High School Division Teacher of the Year, teaches Math at Pearl River High. He has been a teacher in STPPS since 2009. He has served on school improvement, textbook selection, and other planning committees. He has sponsored math clubs and honor societies and coached various sports. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz in Austria and master’s degree in English, master of business administration and alternative certification from the University of New Orleans.
Stephanie Jackson, the Elementary Division Principal of the Year, was appointed principal of Abney Elementary in 2015 after previously serving as assistant principal at the school. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Jackson State University and master’s degree in secondary education from William Carey University, Gulf Coast, MS Campus.
Amy Barrow, the Middle/Junior High Division Principal of the Year and semi-finalist for Louisiana Principal of the Year, has been the principal of Folsom Junior High since 2018 and previously served as assistant principal of the school. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Saudah Blackman-Stokes, the High School Division Principal of the Year, has been the principal of Salmen High since 2016 and previously served as assistant principal of the school. She received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Hampton University and master’s degree in Education from Mercer University.