Acadiana briefs for May 2, 2013

Judice teacher Lakhotia honored

Michelle Lakhotia, a Judice Middle School teacher, received an award of excellence last week during the Louisiana Middle School Association conference in New Orleans.

The association annually honors two outstanding educators at its spring conference.

Lakhotia was nominated for the honor by her principal, Sam Clay, who wrote in his nomination letter that Lakhotia’s “commitment to middle school education is evident from the energy and enthusiasm she puts in her classroom, the influence she has had on exciting students to pursue careers in engineering, and the sheer number of after school activities she sponsors.”

Lakhotia sponsors the school’s robotics, engineering and math teams, as well as the school newspaper, student council and its 4H club. Clay said Lakhotia continues to seek out ways to improve her instruction and has earned 800 professional development hours in the past five years.

Sorority member receives high honor

Lainey Landry, a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, recently received the Sarah Ida Shaw Award, a national collegiate award presented by Delta Delta Delta Sorority, university officials announced this week.

Landry, a member of the Phi Nu chapter at UL Lafayette, is the university’s first recipient of the honor, which recognizes a sorority member who best exemplifies the ideals of Tri Delta through her accomplishments and campus activities. The award is named for the sorority’s founder.

Landry is the UL Lafayette Alumni Association’s outstanding graduate for the College of Education for spring 2013. She is completing a degree in early childhood education with a cumulative GPA of 3.927.

Landry is the daughter of Liz B. and Ivy Landry, of Lafayette.

Compiled by The Advocate’s Acadiana bureau from news releases.