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API Teacher Awards

The Delta Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute, a non-profit organization headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, annually recognizes teachers in several parishes in the metropolitan area. The Teaching Excellence Award Program was established in 1987 by the Delta Chapter to pay tribute to and reinforce outstanding teaching in K-12 schools.

The organization is committed to education, and to that end has chosen to recognize the untiring efforts of classroom teachers who continue to deliver quality services to students with minimal compensation and, often, inadequate resources.

As of April 2022, the Delta Chapter has awarded over $150,000 to veteran and new classroom educators in the metropolitan area.

During the academic year nominations are submitted by administrators in public and private schools in Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St Bernard, St Charles, St Tammany, and Terrebonne parishes.

Teacher applications are reviewed by a Committee of API members. The selection criteria, includes commitment to teaching, resourcefulness, professional involvement and community service. The outstanding teacher model is one whose performance will positively impact students for the remainder of their lives.



2023 Teacher Awards

API 2023 Teacher Awardees

Chairman's Award
Ralph Alvarado
David Bellard
Katie Benoit
Erin Boudreaux
Cathryn Hamilton
Katherine Harvey
Jamila Hopkins
Tara Lavender

Distinguished Teacher
Chastity Davis
Jessica Guastella
Michelle Ingraffia
Kristen Rushing
Gretchen Treadway

2022 Teacher Awards

2022 API-Delta Teacher Awards

The API Delta Chapter Board is pleased to announce the 2022 API Delta Chapter Teacher Awardees.

Jefferson Parish
Chairman's Award - Sarah Schulz, Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary
Distinguished Teacher - Christy Paxson, Woodmere Elementary

Orleans Parish
Chairman's Award - Marla Watts, Lake Forest Charter
Distinguished Teacher - Montana Cortez, Edward Hynes Charter School-UNO

Plaquemines Parish
Chairman's Award - Ashley Euper, Belle Chasse High School
Distinguished Teacher - Allison Brignac, Belle Chasse Middle

St Bernard Parish
Chairman's Award - Justin Templet, Chalmette High School
Distinguished Teacher - Heidi Scharfenstein, St Bernard Middle School

St Charles Parish
Chairman's Award - Jennifer Green, R K Smith Middle School

St Tammany Parish
Chairman's Award - Victoria Heier, Florida Avenue Elementary
Distinguished Teacher - Gary Bennet, Slidell Junior High

Terrebonne Parish
Chairman's Award -  Adrianna Adams, South Terrebonne High School
Distinguished Teacher - Emily Stoufflet, Terrebonne High School

Private/Parochial Schools
Chairman's Award - Katherine Schilling, Holy Cross School
Distinguished Teacher -  Matthew Jones, Isadore Newman School

2020 Teacher Awards

The API Delta Chapter Board is pleased to announce the 2020 API Delta Chapter Teacher Awardees.

Chairman's Awardees:
     Wendy Delgado
     Jessica Glass
     Kelley Henry
     Ashley Hoselle
     Cody Jackson
     Karen Marshall
     Katy McCarthy
     Clarine Usher

Distinguished Teacher Awardees:
     Suzi Douget
     Crystal Gautreaux
     Kyle Lasseigne
     Meehan Murphy
     Sharon Tucker

2019 Teacher Awards

2019 Teacher Awards - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2018 Teacher Awards

2018 Teacher Awards Announced

2017 Teacher Awards

2017 Teacher Awards Announced

2016 Teacher Awards

2016 Teacher Awards Announced

2015 API-Delta Teacher's Award Luncheon - June 2, 2015

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2015 Teacher Awards Announced.

2014 API-Delta Teacher's Award Luncheon - June 9, 2014

2013 Teacher Awards

API-Delta awards $500 Teaching Grant

2000-2001 Teacher of the Year Awards

1999-2000 Teaching Excellence Awards