St. Michael the Archangel High School instructor Kevin “Doc” Andry was named the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge Distinguished Secondary Educator of the Year.

The Distinguished Secondary Educator of the Year Award is annually given to a Catholic secondary educator who reflects the richness and diversity of American Catholic education, a news release said.

Andry is a musician, educator and a strong Catholic role model for students and teachers, the release said.

He 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 of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1982, a master’s degree in music performance from LSU in 1984 and a doctorate from LSU in 1988.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the recognition of being named the recipient of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge Educational Excellence Award,” Andry said. “I am truly blessed to be able to pursue my vocation of teaching music and be able to share my faith among my students and colleagues on a daily basis. I am fortunate and blessed to get up every morning and work with the students at St. Michael High School.”

Over the past six years, Andry has volunteered his time at St. Jean Vianney School, a local kindergarten-through-eighth-grade Catholic school, to help boost the school’s band program and prepare the students to attend St. Michael High School.

Andry teaches students that they should use their gifts and talents for God, the release said.

Andry gives after-school music lessons to his students who are eager to learn difficult pieces of music or perfect their techniques.

“Dr. Kevin Andry’s professionalism, abundant energy and generosity of spirit distinguishes him as an outstanding educator,” said Melanie Verges, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “He shines a light on the talents of his students and helps them all develop a deep appreciation for the arts.”

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, the release said.

He plays in the Baton Rouge Symphony.