Hammond teacher wins Kiwanis award _lowres

Photo provided by Judy Couvillion -- Hammond High Magnet School engineering and robotics teacher Shelly Gaydos, third from left, accepts a plaque from Fred Banks, of Denham Springs, chairman of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District Service Committee of Kiwanis International. Gaydos was named the district’s Teacher of the Year at the recent district convention held in Memphis. From left are Hammond Kiwanis Club members Sid Guedry and Vic Couvillion, Gaydos, Banks and Hammond Kiwanis Club members Ed Gautier and Judy Couvillion.

Shelly Gaydos, a science, technology, engineering and math teacher at Hammond High Magnet School, recently was named Teacher of the Year at the 97th annual convention of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International.

Gaydos has been teaching for 23 years, pioneered the study of robotics at Hammond High Magnet and has led the school’s robotics competition group, the 2080 Torbotics Team, to victories on the regional, state and national level, a news release said.

Gaydos was presented with a plaque and a check for $250 by Fred Banks, of Denham Springs, a retired educator and chairman of the Kiwanis district’s Committee on Community Services, at the convention’s Fellowship Luncheon.

In addition to teaching engineering and robotics, Gaydos also encourages her students to perform community service, including school tours, open houses, field trips, summer science camps and after-school programs, the release said. Torbotics participants also volunteer for Relay for Life, Special Olympics, nursing home visits and other programs.

Gaydos was named Tangipahoa Parish Teacher of the Year in 2005 and was runner-up for the same honor in 2014.

She won the Woodie Flowers Award at the Bayou Regional Robotics Competition in 2014. The award honors a mentor who uses effective communications skills to lead, empower and inspire students in engineering and science. Recipients must be nominated by their students.