Paula Wells was named the Teacher of the Year for Hammond Westside Montessori School for the 2013-14 school year.

Wells was selected by her colleagues for her professionalism, dedication to her students and knowledge, school officials said in a news release.

Wells exhibits a positive attitude, which is reflected in the way her students treat one another, and inspires her students to work to their potential, school officials said.

Wells serves as a mentor teacher and provides support to her grade level team. She also serves on the school’s leadership team.