Kalandra Loyd Watkins named a finalist for Louisiana Teacher of the Year

Alcorn State University alumna Kalandra Loyd Watkins’ impact as an educator in Louisiana is garnering high praise.

Watkins, who earned a master’s degree in 2013, is one of nine finalists for the 2017 State of Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award. She, along with the other finalist, was selected from a pool of teachers from 75 other educational institutions. The finalists will be honored and the winner of the award will be announced at the Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration Friday, July 15 in Baton Rouge.

When Watkins learned of her nomination, she jumped for joy and reflected on the hard work it took for her to reach this point in her career.

“I am elated,” said Watkins, who teaches fifth grade at Tensas Elementary School. “When I saw that I was a finalist, I started praising my savior because I work so hard to increase my students’ knowledge and test scores. It’s an honor and a blessing to be recognized.”

Knowing that she has had a positive influence on the lives and educations of her students is a satisfying feeling for Watkins.

“It feels wonderful to have the ability to reach all of my students. All of them are capable of learning in different ways and I am happy to help them function in society.”

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