Bossier Schools Names 2019 District Teachers of the Year

Three Bossier Parish educators had an entourage of visitors burst into their classrooms
today with exciting news. They are the 2019 Bossier Parish District Teachers of the
Year.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith came bearing bouquets of flowers and
chocolate covered strawberries as he made stops at Waller Elementary, Elm Grove
Middle School and Benton High School.

Brooke West, an eight-year educator who teaches at Waller, was chosen as District
Elementary Teacher of the Year. A product of Bossier Schools herself, West serves on
the school leadership team and has secured several grants. Her philosophy is “Great
leaders do not set out to be leaders. They set out to make a difference, not worrying
about the role, but the goal.”

Spencer Kiper, a seven-year educator at Elm Grove Middle, is the STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Enrichment educator at Elm Grove. He is
also the recipient of numerous national awards, including the 2017 Ford Innovator
Award Recipient and 2016 National Aerospace Teacher of the Year.

Chyrisse Moore, a 15-year educator at Benton High, teaches biology and physical
science at the Advanced Placement (AP) level. Moore, in fact, developed the Biology
model curriculum and serves in school leadership roles which include Chair of the
Science Department; Literary Rally Coordinator and Student Council co-sponsor.

“Being chosen to represent our parish as the District Teachers of the Year is a
tremendous honor, especially considering we have approximately 1,500 educators in
the school system,” said Superintendent Smith. “These three individuals are
tremendous educators and will represent Bossier Schools superbly as they compete
with other top-notch teachers from throughout the state.”

Each school in Bossier Parish elects its own Teacher of the Year, who competes at the
district level. West, Kiper and Moore will now represent Bossier Parish Schools in the
regional competition held in spring 2018.