Delcambre Elementary School principal Jodi Romero has been named a finalist for the Louisiana Department of Education 2017 Principal of the Year award.

Romero is in the running with eight other principals from throughout the state listed below:

  • Carolyn Sue Barfield, Claiborne Parish
  • David Carpenter, Rapides Parish
  • Sedric Clark, DeSoto Parish
  • Elizabeth Cook, Monroe City Schools
  • Rae Daigle, Jefferson Davis Parish
  • Kenny Delcambre, Lafourche Parish
  • Kay Dornier, St. James Parish
  • Joey LaRoche, KIPP New Orleans

The winner of this award, as well as the 2017 Teacher of the Year, will be crowned on Friday, July 15, 2016, during an awards ceremony at the 10th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

The list of finalists for the 2017 Teacher of the Year award is below:

  • Kathleen Abboud, Terrebonne Parish
  • Amber Beach, Bossier Parish
  • Erin Harless, Calcasieu Parish
  • Kristin Hudson, Caddo Parish
  • Kalandra Loyd, Tensas Parish
  • Joni Smith, Livingston Parish
  • Anna Tarver, Franklin Parish
  • Natishia Thanni-Irvin, East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Torrence Williams, West Feliciana Parish

"Congratulations to these outstanding educators. Each reflects the best in our profession through their relentless efforts to improve their instructional practices so students can achieve success," said State Superintendent John White. "Educators like these are the reason more of our children are graduating from high school and going on to college than ever before."