ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Kelly Stomps, a teacher at Woodlake Elementary School in Mandeville has been named the 2015 Louisiana Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education, according to Meredith Mendez, Director of Communications for the St. Tammany Parish School Board. Stomps was announced as the winner on Thursday.
"Kelly Stomps is an exceptional and creative educator. When she is teaching music to her students, they are learning much more than sounds and songs. Kelly focuses on educating the whole child, and incorporates all of the school subjects into her music lessons. I am very proud of her everyday efforts in the classroom and her dedication to the students of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System," said St. Tammany Parish Public School System Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse, III.
Stomps also won the 2015 Louisiana Teacher of the Year in the Elementary Division prior to claiming the state title. She says that she is very honored to represent her school and her parish's school system as the state's top teacher of the year.
"One of the greatest things about teaching music is that I get to be a part of the amazing transformation of each child as they progress from kindergarten to third grade. I love the important role that I play in not only developing a child's musical ability but helping each child reach their fullest potential as a human being," said Stomps.
Stomps, who gained both her Bachelors in Music Education and Masters of Music Degree at LSU, has been at Woodlake Elementary for 12 of her 14 years as a teacher. During her career she has also claimed the St. Tammany Parish Public School System Teacher of the Year Award in 2007-08 as well as being named a Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction.
Stomps becomes the fifth St. Tammany Parish Public School System teacher to win the Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award.