PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – Three teachers were recognized at the Louisiana Department of Education’s 16th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala on Saturday, July 30.

One of those teachers was Annie Richardson, a Head Start Teacher at Caneview K-8 in Port Allen.

On that night in New Orleans, Richardson was recognized as the 2023 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year.

At Caneview K-8, Richardson teaches a classroom full of 3 and 4 year old’s.

Richardson has spent half her teaching career in West Baton Rouge.

The 10-year teaching veteran grew up down the road from where she teaches today.

The 2023 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year attended Holy Family School in Port Allen.

So what makes Annie Richardson so amazing?

Caneview K-8 Principal, Jan M. Watts, said that “Mrs. Richardson’s passion to develop learners at such a young age is an inspiration to all of us whom are blessed to work with her.”

Richardson teaches all subjects under the Early Childhood umbrella.

“I love teaching Early Childhood because we are able to focus on the whole child, not just academics,” said Richardson.

The local Head Start Teacher emphasized that, “We strive to develop their social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development as well as providing them with the tools and knowledge necessary to be ready for Kindergarten.

Students in West Baton Rouge Parish are back in school on Monday and that includes those in Annie Richardson’s Caneview K-8 classroom.