Northwestern NSU recognizes alumna, La. Teacher of the Year November 7, 2017 151 FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsApp Kimberly Eckert, an English teacher at Brusly High School and Louisiana’s Teacher of the Year, was honored by her alma mater, Northwestern State University, during the Nov. 4 home football game. Eckert earned a bachelor of social work degree from Northwestern State, completed her teacher preparation program through LRCE and earned a master’s degree in special education at NSU. She is currently two courses short of a second master’s in curriculum and instruction with a reading focus from NSU. Eckert has been teaching in West Baton Rouge Parish for nine years. In addition to teaching English I, she has also served as a special education inclusion teacher, a reading interventionist, speech teacher, mentor and master teacher as well as an instructional coach. From left are Dr. Kimberly McAlister, head of NSU’s Department of Teaching, Leadership and Counseling; Eckert and NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, who presented the honoree with an Nth Degree, an award that recognizes remarkable service and/or achievement by alumni or friends of the university.