The Louisiana Association of Educators has chosen Baton Rouge’s Diane Vickers as the winner of the teacher union’s annual “Teacher Image Award.”

Vickers is a prekindergarten teacher at Dufrocq Elementary School in Baton Rouge. She collected the award Sunday at the union’s annual reception for state legislators.

LAE presents the award each year to Louisiana educators whose leadership and actions have advanced the image of teachers and the association. Vickers will now be in the running for an award for teaching excellence from the National Association of Educators.