Four Acadiana-area educators made the list of semifinalists for Louisiana’s teacher and principal of the year honors.

Brandi Marcantel, a fourth-grade math teacher at Vidrine Elementary in Evangeline Parish, is one of 18 semifinalists for teacher of the year. Principal of the year contenders include: Cheri Fontenot, of James Stephens Montessori in Evangeline Parish; Rachael Credeur, of Patterson High School in St. Mary Parish; and Patricia Gaspard, of Forked Island/E. Broussard Elementary in Vermilion Parish.

The Louisiana Department of Education announced the semifinalists Wednesday and the finalists will be announced during the ninth annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration scheduled July 11 in Baton Rouge. The event is co-sponsored by the nonprofit group Dream Teachers.