Jamie Treuting

has been named the top math teacher in Louisiana and -- as a winner of a National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching -- one of the best in the nation. Treuting, a sixth-grade teacher at Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School in Destrehan, received her award during a recent trip to Washington, D.C., in which she met with First Lady Laura Bush.

Patrick F. Taylor

has been named one of 70 outstanding leaders throughout the world by Toastmasters International. The nonprofit education association cited Taylor's leadership in spearheading the "Taylor Plan," which eventually became the state's acclaimed TOPS scholarship program. Taylor, the CEO of Taylor Energy Company, will receive his Communications and Leadership Award from the organization at a May 17 ceremony.

Ellis Marsalis

has been chosen to receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree by The Juilliard School for his contributions to jazz and to music education. The school, which will present the esteemed pianist with his doctorate at its May 23 commencement, noted that as former director of Jazz Studies at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, Marsalis' students included Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Harrison and Nicholas Payton.

Rep. Mitch Landrieu

is making a marked effort to educate constituents about the earned income tax credit, a federal program that repays low-income working taxpayers. Many who are eligible for EITC don't know it, the Internal Revenue Service says. Landrieu bought ads explaining the EITC and advising residents who may be eligible to contact Total Community Action (TCA) at 827-2200. Residents can also file for the credit retroactively.