St. Michael High School Band Director Kevin “Doc” Andry received in April the 2015 National Catholic Educational Association Education Excellence Award presented by the Secondary Schools Department.

The award honors Catholic school educators who deserve national recognition and reflect the richness and diversity of American Catholic education, a news release from the school said.

Andry received the award at the NCEA Convention and Expo held April 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. He was joined by his wife Lisa; Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Baton Rouge Melanie Verges; St. Michael Principal Ellen Lee; and St. Michael Campus Minister Kathleen Lee.

“I felt both honored and humbled to be recognized with the other six recipients of the National Educational Excellence Award. It was awesome to be in the room with so many dedicated educators! Being honored like this only helps to fuel my passion for teaching music in a Catholic school, and I hope to continue to teach with the enthusiasm that I witnessed by the other award winners,” Andry said.

“Doc Andry looks for the unique gifts that are present in each one of his students.  He approaches teaching with a joyful heart in a way that challenges every individual, both students and colleagues alike, to do their very best,” Ellen Lee said. “We are so very proud of Doc Andry for being recognized on a national level as an educator of excellence by the NCEA.  He has had a positive impact on so many lives through his exuberant methods of drawing students in so that they might appreciate the beauty and joy of music.”

Earlier this year, Andry was named the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge distinguished secondary educator of the year, an award given each year to a catholic secondary educator who reflects the richness and diversity of American Catholic education, the release said.

Andry has spent more than 26 years as a teacher in Catholic high schools, while also teaching part time in Catholic elementary schools. Andry received a bachelor’s degree in music from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1982, a master’s degree in music performance from LSU in 1984 and Ph.D. from LSU in 1988.

Over the past six years, Andry has volunteered at St. Jean Vianney School to help boost its band program.

With teaching part time at a local elementary school, teaching full time at St. Michael High School and playing for St. Jude Masses on Sunday, Andry has a full schedule. He also plays in the Baton Rouge Symphony.