Meet The Mentors
Coach Danny Thomasson is many things. He is a biologist, a physicist, a chemist, a former track and football coach, and a STEM council member to name a few. But to Torbotics, he is first and foremost our teacher, our guide, and our trusted mentor. "Coach T" is entering his fourth season as the primary Lead Mentor of FRC Team 2080. He serves as a formidable role model when it comes to his dedication to safety, team member development and the potential for innovation embodied within the engineering design process. In addition to teaching engineering and physics courses at HHMS, he devotes an additional 700+ hours of his time after school and during the summer to support the aspirations of our Torbotics team members and the development of FIRST robotics programs and quality STEM experiences throughout our region. He is an active member of the Tangi STEM Coalition and is supporting the coalitions efforts to establish the first Mobile STEM Lab in our region.
Mentor, Jean Williams has a knack for helping youth realize and aspire to what they can become. Starting her career as a therapist, she is the newest addition to the teaching staff in the engineering program at Hammond High Magnet School. Ms. Jean became a part of FIRST in 2012 as a FIRST Lego League (FLL) parent. She stepped in as a coach for FLL Bayou Builders in 2014, going on to support the team's advancement to four international competitions and two world championships during the past six seasons. Due to her involvement in FIRST robotics, she has developed a passion for ensuring STEM equity and in giving back to the students who inspire her. In addition to mentoring Torbotics, she currently coaches 3 FLLJr teams, the Bayou Builders FLL team 4043, and 4 FTC teams. She and her husband, Ben, started a non-profit called HYPE Robotics of LA in 2017 with the goal of helping to support youth pursuing excellence in robotics. She is an active member of the Northshore STEM Coalition & has assisted with the establishment of the group's first Mobile STEM Lab in our region.