Former Louisiana Teacher of the Year Holly Boffy, of Youngsville, said she will be a contender for the District 7 seat on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Boffy said the post she is seeking has been held by just two people in the past 28 years, including 12 years by incumbent Dale Bayard, of Lake Charles.

“I look forward to adding a fresh perspective along with my expertise, enthusiasm and practical classroom knowledge to BESE,” she said in a prepared statement.

Boffy, who was 2010 state Teacher of the Year, has three degrees in education, is a nationally certified teacher and has 10 years of middle school classroom teaching experience.

She is now director of professional development and university programs for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana.

“Putting a professional, qualified teacher in every classroom is the single most important factor in improving education,” she said.

“Teaching positions should be the most highly coveted positions in our state,” Boffy said.

“When that happens, we’ll have the best and brightest educators clamoring for our teaching positions, and we’ll know that our teachers are supported in serving their students,” she added.

Boffy and her husband Carrick are co-founders of Fishing for Memories, which is a rodeo to benefit the Alzeheimer’s Association.

She is also a volunteer with Dream Teachers, which is a nonprofit group that rewards outstanding educators.

BESE sets policies for an estimated 668,000 public school students statewide.

District 7 includes Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, most of Lafayette and Vermilion parishes and parts of St. Landry Parish.