Jason Beber of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School has been chosen as principal of the year for the St. John the Baptist Public School District. The district's teachers of the year are Elizabeth Alexander of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary, Michel Delatte of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary and Nelann Taylor of West St. John High School.
Beber has been principal at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School for the past four years. He previously was an assistant principal at East St. John High School, where he oversaw the Freshman Academy. Beber also worked for eight years as a physical education teacher at LaPlace Elementary School. He currently serves on the 4H Foundation Board, the Pupil Progression Committee and is a member of the National Association of Principals. His school was recently named a Top Gains School by the Louisiana Department of Education for growing its School Performance Score by more than 10 points. Beber holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Nicholls State University and is pursuing his doctorate of education in educational leader supervision.
Taylor teaches Spanish I and II to 10th- through 12th-graders at West St. John High School. She previously taught Spanish at East St. John High School. She serves as the Homecoming Committee Chair, a RAM Adviser, a member of the Instructional Leadership Team as a TAP Mentor and is on the PBIS Committee. She has kept the official score book for several years at basketball and baseball contests and has organized several events for athletics and academics. As the multimedia teacher in 2013, she helped create the first WSJH student newspaper, the Ramatory.
Taylor is the lead technology teacher at her school and maintains the school website and social media. She was named the 2017-18 Region 3 Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators. She has been chosen several years to be a presenter at LACUE’s annual conference, sharing her expertise with educators from around the state.
Taylor holds a bachelor's degree from Clark Atlanta University and is pursuing a master’s degree at Nicholls State University.
Delatte has been teaching English language arts for the past four years. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as a special-education teacher. She is a TAP Mentor Teacher, helping other teachers to improve their instructional practices. She is a member of the PBIS team and Leadership Team at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary and also assists with Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School Student Council. She serves as a member of the Teacher Appreciation Committee, as well as a community outreach member for the school. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Mont.
Alexander is in her second year of teaching math at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary. Prior to that, she was a first-grade teacher for four years. She is a member of the PBIS Committee and Teacher Appreciation Committee. Alexander also serves on the school’s community outreach team and on the leadership team as a mentor. She holds a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Nicholls State University.