Paul Johnson Honored as Robotics Teacher of the Year as Galena Park High School Team KAOS Qualifies for VEX World Championships

Houston, Texas: This spring, the robotics team from Galena Park High School competed in the South Texas VEX Championship tournament.  There were 66 teams that had previously qualified from prior events across the state and Mexico that participated in this event. 

After some hard fought qualifying matches, the boys’ team finished as the captains of the #3 seed alliance team, while the girls’ team was paired up on the #2 seed alliance.  The third team from GPHS was on alliance #5.  The girls finished the competition as semi-finalists and the boys were finalists.  Both teams qualified for the VEX World Championships that will be held at Disney Land, Anaheim, California on April 23-26 with an expected 600 teams competing from around the world.  

The boys were also awarded the Energy Award for the competition, which is based on team enthusiasm displayed at the event. The final winning team will demonstrate boundless passion and energy throughout the competition – in the pit area, on the field, and in the audience, even when their robot is not playing. 

The team mentor and GPHS teacher, Paul Johnson, was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award at the contest. Mr. Johnson has been a career and technology teacher with GPISD for nine years. 

Astrid Cavazos, Team KAOS Robotics Co-President, stated, “Three years ago, Mr. Johnson embraced the initiative to become the team’s lead mentor. Since then, Team KAOS has flourished and succeeded to new heights. Mr. Johnson is a huge advocate of ensuring that his students are always placed before himself. We believe that Mr. Johnson is one of Team KAOS’ biggest assets. The team depicts values in him that could never be replaced.” 

Under his leadership, the robotics students at GPHS have been awarded almost $800,000 in scholarships over the past four years and are currently attending various universities under engineering disciplines. Johnson promotes engineering awareness in the schools by hosting annual robotics summer camps for local elementary and middle school students and has even worked with Team KAOS sponsor, GE Energy, to host Women in Engineering Day at their facility. 

Cavazos continued, “He has fundamentally changed the philosophy of how the community sees our robotics team, through promoting the positive influences we have had in our community service programs such as the Santa’s Workshop, bikes for the community, food for the elderly, and working at the Houston Food Bank.” 

Congratulations to Mr. Paul Johnson and best wishes to the Galena Park High School Team KAOS as they compete for top honors at the VEX World Championship.

 

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Pictured (left to right): South Texas VEX Championship event coordinators Frances Lynch, Paul Johnson, Andrew Lynch

 

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Crystal Murray | Assistant Superintendent for Communication Services | cmurray@galenaparkisd.com | 832.386.1063