Marie Riviere Elementary School in Metairie has chosen first-grade teacher Dawn Landreaux as its teacher of the year. Landreaux will retire at the end of the year after 28 years as a teacher, 25 of those at Riviere.
Landreaux has filled a number of leadership roles within the Riviere faculty and has excelled in educating her students academically and socially, treating them with the love and respect she would want for her own children, a news release from the school said.
According to the school, Landreaux has passed her dedication to service along to her children: Her son, Shane Landreaux, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Children’s and East Jefferson hospitals; her daughter, Katie Hellbach teaches prekindergarten at St. Dominic; and another daughter, Chelsey Bonomolo, teaches kindergarten at Riviere.
In retirement, Landreaux said she hopes to spend more time with her six grandchildren and one on the way.
Riviere’s student of the year is fifth-grader Jennifer Silva, daughter of Loan Pham and Julio Silva. Jennifer has been at Riviere since prekindergarten and has maintained a 3.9 GPA for the third, fourth and fifth grades.
Jennifer is part of the talented art program and enjoys reading novels and working on the computer. Also, she has been on the dance team for three years and plays basketball and soccer. Jennifer is also distinguished by the care she shows for her younger sister, Julia, 9, who has Down syndrome, the release said. Her older siblings are Jessy and Larissa Vu.