St. Amant teacher gets state recognition

Advocate staff photo by BRET H. MCCORMICK -- St. Amant High School biology teacher Lori Ridgdell, second from right, is presented a certificate by Steve Westbrook, assistant superintendent for Ascension Parish schools, second from left, for being named Louisiana Biology Teacher of the Year. Ridgdell has spent the past 13 years teaching at St. Amant High and will be honored at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Atlanta in November. Also pictured are St. Amant High School Principal Mia Edwards, left, and Director of High Schools for Ascension Parish David Alexander. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BRET H. MCCORMICK -- St. Amant High School biology teacher Lori Ridgdell, second from right, is presented a certificate by Steve Westbrook, assistant superintendent for Ascension Parish schools, second from left, for being named Louisiana Biology Teacher of the Year. Ridgdell has spent the past 13 years teaching at St. Amant High and will be honored at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Atlanta in November. Also pictured are St. Amant High School Principal Mia Edwards, left, and Director of High Schools for Ascension Parish David Alexander.

St. Amant High School biology teacher Lori Ridgdell’s dedication to teaching has been rewarded by her peers.

Ridgedell, who has taught at the school for 13 years, recently received the Louisiana Outstanding Biology Teacher Award sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

“It’s because of teachers like you why Ascension Parish is such a great school district,” School Board President Troy Gautreau said during a recent presentation at a School Board meeting honoring Ridgdell.

She will receive the award at the Honors Luncheon in November at the NABT conference in Atlanta.

“I know first-hand how good of a teacher she is,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Westbrook said. Westbrook was principal at St. Amant High School prior to moving to the central office in 2011 and whose three daughters all were taught by Ridgdell.

“You are a shining exemplar of what great teaching can be.”