In Spanish, when the direct object is a specifically referenced person, it is preceded by the preposition "a" (called the "personal a"). This word has no English translation but is important in Spanish. You also use this when referring to a pet (I can only assume that Spanish recognizes the importance of pets in our lives). Note that "specific" does not necessarily mean named.
Examine the following examples
Yo necesito médico. I need a doctor.
Yo necesito al médico Gonzales. I need Dr Gonzales.
Yo levanto la mano. I raise my hand.
Yo levanto a la muchacha. I lift the girl.
If you wanted to use your entered sentence it would need to be
Les presento a los estudiantes.
In this case you are using a prepositional phrase (a los estudiantes) to identify the indirect object (les). Literally translated (excuse the terrible literal translation) it would be "I present to them (to the students)". Using indirect objects is entirely another topic of conversation so I will leave it at that.