Bryant “Ray” Gandy Jr., a middle school math and social studies teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Natchitoches, was named the recipient of the Em W. Knipmeyer Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2023-24 school year.
The Em W. Knipmeyer Excellence in Teaching Award is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the St. Mary’s Faculty. This award has been given for 19 years. It is presented annually by Mrs. Joe Stamey, a 1952 St. Mary’s graduate, in honor of her sister Em W. Knipmeyer, a 1941 SMS alumna and a former teacher and principal at St. Mary’s.
“Mr. Gandy is not someone who only teaches, but inspires, encourages, and is committed to his students’ academic and spiritual growth,” said Principal Stephen Wren. “His dedication, commitment to fostering a love of learning, and impact on the lives of his students and this school, make him the embodiment of what a truly exceptional educator should be.”
The award was presented to Gandy by Mrs. Stamey and Principal Wren on Oct. 4 after an All School Mass at the school during Homecoming Week.
Pictured (l-r): Principal Stephen Wren, Ray Gandy and Mrs. Joe Stamey.