Pablo Pato of Boudreaux Elementary Named 2016 Louisiana Elementary Teacher of the Year

16248197538_550f13a6c2_zGeraldine Boudreaux Elementary 3rd grade teacher Pablo M. M. Pato was named the 2016 Louisiana Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education. Pato won the honor Saturday, July 11 during the 9th Annual Cecil. J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

Pato has been a veteran of the classroom for 10 years and currently teaches science, social studies, math, and Spanish at Boudreaux. He holds a master’s degree – title of Maestro with specialization in foreign language from the University of Oviedo, Spain. He was one of nine finalists for the state’s Teacher of the Year award.

Pato was not the only finalist from the Jefferson Parish Public School System recognized during the event. Leo Kerner, Jr. Elementary Principal Suzanne Bordlee was one of nine finalists for the 2016 Principal of the Year.

“These outstanding honorees exemplify the leadership and commitment Louisiana’s teachers and principals demonstrate every day in preparing our students for the future,” said Dr. Holly Boffy, secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a previous Louisiana State Teacher of the Year. “On behalf of BESE, I wish to congratulate all the finalists and extend a heartfelt thanks to all our educators for their service to our children and state.”

Click here to watch a video of Pato explaining why he decided to become an educator.

Click here to read more about Pato, Bordlee, and all of the JPPSS honorees for Teacher and Principal of the Year.