JPPSS Announces its Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) named its district winners for the Louisiana Department of Education’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Metairie Academy’s Arlene “Cookie” Malloy, Harris Middle’s Suzanne Nugent, and Bonnabel Magnet Academy’s Torey Hayward each received this prestigious honor. The three JPPSS educators are now eligible to become 2017 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

The winning candidates demonstrate a positive impact on student learning, deliver rigorous and standards-based instructional practice and support, and show the ability to invest and inspire colleagues, families, community, and students.


JPPSS Superintendent Isaac G. Joseph surprises Metairie Academy teacher “Cookie” Malloy with the news that she’s been named the JPPSS Elementary School 2017 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

Arlene “Cookie” Malloy is a third grade math and science teacher at Metairie Academy. An educator for 39 years, Malloy has also taught at William Hart Elementary. Malloy created the morning music program at Metairie Academy, which connects songs to historical and current events. She takes pride in serving her co-workers and the thousands of students she’s influenced in Jefferson Parish.

“It is my responsibility to make sure they leave my classroom having grown academically and socially,” said Malloy. “Parents place their trust in me to guide, protect, and nurture their child. When you think about it, it is an awesome responsibility. It is very gratifying to know that I have had a part in educating so many individuals.”


Harris Middle’s Suzanne Nugent was treated to a second line from the band after learning she’s the JPPSS Middle School 2017 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

Suzanne Nugent teaches ELA, math, science, and social studies to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Harris Middle. Nugent has been a teacher at St. Ville Elementary, Hearst Elementary, and Deckbar Special School. She expanded Harris Middle’s use of PBIS, which encourages positive behavior and fosters a healthy school climate. This school leader has also reached out to local businesses to gain support for school programs.

“I am never content with the status quo; rather I am always looking for ways to improve things, make things better,” said Nugent. “I am secure enough in my own work and have a strong commitment to continual growth not only for my students but for the school as a whole.”


These Bonnabel Magnet Academy students celebrate the good news along with Torey Hayward after learning he’s the JPPSS High School 2017 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

Torey Hayward teaches tenth grade English II, Honors English II, and speech at Bonnabel Magnet Academy. He developed the school’s High5 ACT Preparation Program, which helped students grow an average of 3.2 points in the English section during its first year and has led to more teachers infusing ACT strategies into their lessons. During his four years working with student council, its participation numbers have quadrupled. Bonnabel’s student council has served its school so well that it is nominated to the a Gold Council from the Louisiana Association of Student Councils.

“This work has largely contributed to the shift in school climate at Bonnabel,” said Hayward. “We see more students attending events and conducting themselves in a way that exudes school pride. Individually, this exposure to leadership opportunities had introduced our students to individuals and opportunities that will create pathways for them after leaving Bonnabel.”

In partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, the Louisiana Department of Education annually honors the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs.

The Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year awards programs provide an opportunity to focus public attention on those educators who are making exceptional gains with students and pushing them to achieve at the highest levels in the state. Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.