2022 Teacher Appreciation

This month, LASARD recognized teachers from all over the state that work everyday to make their classrooms more inclusive. Thank you, teachers!


Dream Team: Mr. Adam Stagg and Ms. Christina Keith

Adam Stagg and Christina Keith of ReNew Schools in Orleans Parish

Ms. Keith and Mr. Stagg of @renewschools jumped on the opportunity to implement 5-point scales, social narratives, and visual supports to support the individual student needs in their classroom. These evidence-based practices made a HUGE difference in their classroom.




You're a star! Jasper VinnettJasper Vinnett in St. Charles Parish

Mr. Jasper Vinnett wears many hats as a high school teacher in St. Charles Parish Public Schools, but his true calling is supporting #diverselearners and teaching them the skills to be successful each and every day! He continuously goes above and beyond for his students, and it’s evident that he makes a difference in his students’ lives, inside and outside of the classroom. His goal is to create the best possible learning environment to prepare his students for the transition to adulthood and being a valued member of society in the community.

Mr. Vinnett – You are inspiring to me and your students are lucky to have you!

– Melinda Luna, LASARD Facilitator


Ms. Stacey Allen, You're a Gem!

Stacy Allen in Ascension Parish

Ms. Stacy Allen teaches our smallest humans in Ascension Parish Schools. She took every single recommendation I gave her and brought them to life by our next coaching session, typically by the next school day! One strategy that really helped her students during center time was the Open/Closed #visualsupports. Her students are now more productive and reflective when engaging with one another during play. She aims to promote independence and confidence among all of her students, even at the young age of 3!

Ms. Allen – I love your dedication and support for your students, and I have truly enjoyed working with you this year!

– Melinda Luna, LASARD Facilitator

Brandi Wagoner of Concordia Parish SchoolsBrandi Wagoner, Queen!

Brandi Wagoner of Concordia Parish Schools was chosen for our Teacher Appreciation spotlight because she was so open-minded to implement Evidence-Based Practices. For the past year, she helped a student, who was previously nonverbal, with functional communication. That student is now speaking in sentences! Thanks for all you do, Brandi!





Jennifer Page at Winnfield Middle School in Winn, LA.Jennifer Page instructing class.

Mrs. Jennifer Page has been AMAZING to partner with this year! She is a middle school teacher at Winnfield Middle School in Winn, LA. Mrs. Page incorporated several different modes of active student responding to increase student engagement and participation.

We appreciate you, Mrs. Page! Thank you for all of your hard work!





Travis Armand in Avoyelles ParishTravis Armand smiling

Mr. Travis Armand is a special education teacher in Avoyelles Parish School Board. Mr. Travis went above and beyond in learning and implementing the Evidence-Based practices recommended. As a result of his effort, a student’s educational experience was transformed. Mr. Travis took a struggling student who didn’t care much for school and set him up for success by bringing structure to his day through visual supports and shaping appropriate behaviors through the use of positive reinforcement.



Jennifer Youngblood at Saline High School in Bienville ParishJennifer Youngblood feeding horse.

“Mrs. Jennifer Youngblood has a passion for her students! She is masterful at providing supports to make her students’ lives more enjoyable and allowing them to grow at a pace that they need while maintaining high expectations for them to continue working towards! She is always ready and willing to try new strategies and commits to adjusting them to gain the best benefit possible.

Jennifer – You are the epitome of a growth mindset! Your effort and persistence inspire enthusiasm in the educators you work with and each student that you teach is incredibly fortunate to have you caring for them!”

She is a teacher at Bienville Parish School Board at Saline High School.


Tracy Putman in Iberville ParishTrazy Puman posing in white dress.

Tracy Putman is a first grade teacher in Iberville Parish School District. Tracy knows which students need extra help and she makes time for each student individually. She does a masterful job of utilizing peer supports to help students make gains and to build a sense of community in her classroom. We appreciate you, Tracy and thank you for being a shining example!



Marie Leindecker at Port Allen Elementary School in West Baton Rouge ParishMarie Leindecker and velcro schedule.

Marie Leindecker is a PreK teacher at Port Allen Elementary School in WBRSchools. She started this school year in a new setting working with a new age group, and she has done an impressive job designing her classroom for her students. Her individualized supports for her students are color-coded – each student has their own visual schedule that is used for every transition, and her students also use AAC devices which are available to them across settings in the day. She has also developed task boxes for each student based on their IEP objectives. She has embraced the change and developed a great classroom for her students!


Lauren Laughlin and Jamie Brady with Caldwell Parish School DistrictLaura Laughlin and Jamie Brady smiling together.

Great teaching is all about bringing what you know to the table with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and do more! These two teachers just “GET IT.” All the time they’re motivating each other, pushing themselves to do better by developing and implementing new practices, encouraging other teachers through collaboration and mentoring, and ALWAYS, ALWAYS caring for the students they serve! A big SHOUT OUT to Lauren Laughlin and Jamie Brady with Caldwell Parish School District!

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