197 QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®

Recipient And Finalists To Receive Cash Honorariums, With Generous Support And Resources Provided By The GRAMMY Museum®'s Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts,

 Ford Motor Company Fund, And Journeys

 

WHO:              A total of 197 music teachers from 187 cities across 45 states plus Washington, D.C., have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 2,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations for the 2019 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

WHAT:           The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum, the recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2018.

 

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

 

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The fifth annual honoree will be flown to New York to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

 

WHEN:           Quarterfinalists have been announced and are listed below. The semifinalists will be announced in September. For more information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.  

 

 

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2018 Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists, Page 2

 

Name

School Name

City

State

Eric Allen

Western Middle School for the Arts

Louisville

Ky.

Anthony Allmond

Kaiser High School

Fontana

Calif.

Corey Ames

Deer Path Middle School

Lake Forest

Ill.

Bonnie Anderson

Coronado Village Elementary

Universal City

Texas

Victor Anderson

Yorkville High School

Yorkville

Ill.

Pamela Andrews

Station Camp Elementary

Gallatin

Tenn.

Stratos Argyriou

American Heritage School Plantation

Plantation

Fla.

David Bachart

New Hope-Solebury High School

New Hope

Pa.

Lynn Baker

University of Denver, Lamont School of Music

Denver

Colo.

Jacob Bartlett

Peru State College

Peru

Neb.

James Beaumier

Hartsville High School

Hartsville

S.C.

Shawna Beeler

Vista Ridge High School

Colorado Springs

Colo.

Jeff Bellgardt

Mt. Enterprise High School

Mt. Enterprise

Texas

Andrew Bennett

Fredonia Central School District

Fredonia

N.Y.

Drew Benware

Saranac Lake High School

Saranac Lake

N.Y.

Shane Bonney

West Canada Valley Central School District

Newport

N.Y.

Lesley Bossert

Parkrose High School

Portland

Ore.

Jennifer Bourbonais

Overpark Elementary School

Olive Branch

Miss.

Andrew Bower

Dolores T. Aaron Academy

New Orleans

La.

JoAnn Bressler

Morley Nelson Elementary

Boise

Idaho

Scott Brown

Dickerson Middle School

Marietta

Ga.

Anthony Cao

Madison West High School

Madison

Wis.

Matt Carraher

Central Dauphin High School

Harrisburg

Pa.

Travis Coakley

Biloxi High School

Biloxi

Miss.

Connie Coleman

Bixby High School

Bixby

Okla.

Mark Collins

John S. Battle High School

Bristol

Va.

Melanie Cometa

Grasso Technical High School

Groton

Conn.

Lisa Corriveau

Mansfield Middle School

Storrs

Conn.

Curtis Crone

Red Lion Area Senior High School

Red Lion

Pa.

Kevin Croxton

Parkview Elementary School

Van Buren

Ark.

Charles Cushinery

Ed W. Clark High School

Las Vegas

Nev.

Jim Daughters

Twenhofel Middle School

Independence

Ky.

Troy Davis

Aragon High School

San Mateo

Calif.

Victor de los Santos

Santa Ana High School

Santa Ana

Calif.

Brittany DeLaVergne

Mineral Wells Junior High

Mineral Wells

Texas

Jamal Dickerson

Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy

Camden

N.J.

Joe Donnelly

Jackson Creek Middle School

Bloomington

Ind.

Vin Downes

Bayonne High School

Bayonne

N.J.

Michelle Droe

Lincoln Elementary

Cedar Falls

Iowa

Lee Duke

Floral Park Memorial High School

Floral Park

N.Y.

Amanda Ellerbe

St. Andrew's School

Richmond

Va.

Teresa Elliott

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Lexington

Ky.

Julie Ely

Stone Ridge Elementary

Yukon

Okla.

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Thomas Engel

Calhoun Community College

Decatur

Ala.

Gabriel Fielder

Leesburg High School

Leesburg

Fla.

Christian Fletcher

American College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

New York

N.Y.

Jay Forrest

Clover High School

Clover

S.C.

Michelle Frank

Franklin Learning Center

Philadelphia

Pa.

Taylor Franklin

Northview Academy

Kodak

Tenn.

Neil Freebern

Burr and Burton Academy

Manchester

Vt.

Curtis Gaesser

Folsom High School

Folsom

Calif.

Melodie Galloway

University of North Carolina—Asheville

Asheville

N.C.

Michael Gaylord

Rancho Mirage High School

Rancho Mirage

Calif.

Dominic Gischia

Johnson Creek Middle/High School

Johnson Creek

Wis.

Vivian Gonzalez

South Miami K-8 Center

Miami

Fla.

Guy Gregg

Oak Creek High School

Oak Creek

Wis.

Jack Gremli

Nanuet High School

Nanuet

N.Y.

Gary Gribble

Alan C. Pope High School

Marietta

Ga.

Eric Hankey

Bishop Montgomery High School

Torrance

Calif.

Richard Harris

Islip High School

Islip

N.Y.

Daniel Harvey

Seminole Ridge Community High School

Loxahatchee

Fla.

Sheryl Hauk

West Bloomfield High School

West Bloomfield Township

Mich.

Jamie Hawkins

Southwood Academy of the Arts

Anderson

S.C.

Kristen Hill

St. Andrew's Country Day School

Kenmore

N.Y.

Kyle Hill

Pearl River Community College

Poplarville

Miss.

Peter Holsberg

The Berkeley Carroll School

Brooklyn

N.Y.

Matthew Howe

Cathedral City High School

Cathedral City

Calif.

Sara K Hugley

Grenada Upper Elementary School

Grenada

Miss.

Mitchell Hutchings

Greatbatch School of Music

Houghton

N.Y.

Kathryn Ingerson

Thousand Islands High School

Clayton

N.Y.

Ralph Jackson

Bridle Path Elementary School

Lansdale

Pa.

Brandi Jason

Liberty High School

Eldersburg

Md.

Jack Jean

Whitewater High School

Fayetteville

Ga.

Christina Jenkins

Idaho Arts Charter School

Nampa

Idaho

Jamar Jenkins

Coupeville High School

Coupeville

Wash.

Luke Johnson

Victoria Grade School

Victoria

Kan.

Nathan Johnston

Basha High School

Chandler

Ariz.

Seth Jones

Spring-Ford High School

Royersford

Pa.

Aaron Jordan

Liberty Elementary

Omaha

Neb.

Katie Kardell

Spencer High School

Spencer

Iowa

Paul Kay

Mirman School

Los Angeles

Calif.

Russ Kellogg

Charles M. Russell High School

Great Falls

Mont.

Janet Kirsten

William Lehman Elementary

Miami

Fla.

Lou Kitchner

Bedford Middle School

Westport

Conn.

Aaron Kohen

Calabasas High School

Calabasas

Calif.

Kyle Kubicki

Norwood Public School

Norwood

N.J.

Rachel Lake

Ilwaco High School

Ilwaco

Wash.

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Christina Latham

Santa Cruz High School

Santa Cruz

Calif.

Mark Laughlin

Georgia Southwestern State University

Americus

Ga.

Matt Laura

Fordson High School

Dearborn

Mich.

Andrew Lesser

Wilbur Watts Intermediate School

Burlington

N.J.

Robert Long

Van Meter Community School

Van Meter

Iowa

Lindsey Lorefice

Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School

Cliffwood

N.J.

David Lown

Carroll Senior High School

Southlake

Texas

Peter Manzi

Carlsbad High School

Carlsbad

Calif.

Kate Margrave

Pine Creek High School

Colorado Springs

Colo.

Dean Marino

West Port High School

Ocala

Fla.

Kimberly Martin-Boyd

Normal West High School

Normal

Ill.

Jennifer Maxwell

Nantucket Music Center

Nantucket

Mass.

Rachel Maxwell

Traughber Junior High School

Oswego

Ill.

Richard Maxwell

Arcadia High School

Phoenix

Ariz.

Ronald McFadden

Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science & Engineering

Baltimore

Md.

Torey Mengoni

St. Clare / St. Paul

Scranton

Pa.

Cava Lee Menzies

Oakland School for the Arts

Oakland

Calif.

Anthony Merlino

Albright College

Reading

Pa.

David Merrill

Longmont High School

Longmont

Colo.

Brian Messier

Belchertown High School

Belchertown

Mass.

Sherri Miller

Dale County High School

Midland City

Ala.

Beth Moore

Central Regional Middle School

Bayville

N.J.

Charles Morgan

Joliet Junior College

Joliet

Ill.

Jocelyn Morrow

Sage Ridge School

Reno

Nev.

John Mortensen

Cedarville University

Cedarville

Ohio

Nathan De'Shon Myers

Booker T. Washington HSPVA

Dallas

Texas

Adam Nobile

Big Spring High School

Newville

Pa.

Timothy O'Brien

Gila Ridge High School

Yuma

Ariz.

Greg Odom

Roswell High School

Roswell

N.M.

Brennan Orie

Amity Middle School Bethany

Bethany

Conn.

Dee Dee Paakkari

John Marshall High School

Los Angeles

Calif.

Robert Palmer

Gables Elementary School

Neptune

N.J.

Stephen Panoff

Sandalwood High School

Jacksonville

Fla.

Matthew Paterno

Wayne Hills High School/William Paterson University

Wayne

N.J.

Henry Pearlberg

Strath Haven Middle School

Wallingford

Pa.

Michael Pelavin

Kadima Day School

West Hills

Calif.

Andrew Perkins

Fenton High School

Fenton

Mich.

Jill Phillips

Appleton Elementary School

Grand Junction

Colo.

Elizabeth Pilkington

Bondurant-Farrar Middle School

Bondurant

Iowa

Anthony Pinelli, Jr.

Paul D. Schreiber High School

Port Washington

N.Y.

Stacey Place

Metcalf Elementary School

Exeter

R.I.

Derek Polischuk

Michigan State University

East Lansing

Mich.

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2018 Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists , Page 5

 

Anthony Pollera

RC Murphy Junior High School

Stony Brook

N.Y.

Michael Raiber

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City

Okla.

Michael Rais

Frost Middle School

Livonia

Mich.

Jordan Rakita

Heritage Academy

Mesa

Ariz.

Amy Reber

Lake Oconee Academy

Greensboro

Ga.

Jeffery Redding

West Orange High School

Winter Garden

Fla.

Ulli Reiner

Bernardo Heights Middle School

San Diego

Calif.

Aaron Rex

Jackson High School

Jackson

Ohio

David Reynolds Jr

Vienna Elementary School

Vienna

Va.

David Rhen

Towson High School

Towson

Md.

Sandra Rosen

Manitou Springs Middle School

Manitou Springs

Colo.

Heather Rosner

George Mason Elementary School

Alexandria

Va.

Caleb Ruppe

Mayo Elementary School

Cowpens

S.C.

Markeise Russell

Nicholas Senn High School

Chicago

Ill.

Melissa Salguero

P.S.48 Joseph R. Drake

Bronx

N.Y.

Peter Sampson

Whiteland Community High School

Whiteland

Ind.

Daniel Sapp Jr

James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils

Augusta

Ga.

Wendy Sarnoff

Venice High School

Venice

Calif.

Mindy Scheierman

Millburn High School

Millburn

N.J.

Steve Scherer

Geneseo High School

Geneseo

Ill.

Dr. Kathy Scherler

Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee

Okla.

Scott Schleuter

Perrysburg High School

Perrysburg

Ohio

Bonnie Scholz

Pius XI High School

Milwaukee

Wis.

Joshua Shaw

Coronado High School

Lubbock

Texas

James Sheffer

Medford Memorial Middle School

Medford

N.J.

Kimberly Shimpo

North Mesquite High School

Mesquite

Texas

Karl Siewertsen

Plainedge Middle School

Bethpage

N.Y.

Robert Skrocki

Monadnock Regional High School

Swanzey

N.H.

Nathan Sletten

Earlham Community School District

Earlham

Iowa

Holly Smith

Ascension Catholic School

Louisville

Ky.

Robert W. Smith

Troy University

Troy

Ala.

Theodora Sotiropoulos

Northern Highlands Regional High School

Allendale

N.J.

Laura Steigerwald McCoy

St. Joseph Central Elementary School

Fort Wayne

Ind.

Amy J. Steiner

Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Buffalo

N.Y.

Scott Stewart

The Westminster Schools

Atlanta

Ga.

Vicky Stockton

N.Y. State School for the Deaf

Rome

N.Y.

Ronald Stowell

Will Rogers Middle School

Miami

Okla.

Kevin Michael Sullivan

Special Music School- High School

New York

N.Y.

Michelle Swanson

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls

Iowa

Amey Szanto

Rose Garden Elementary

Universal City

Texas

Theresa Thomasulo

The Park School of Buffalo

Buffalo

N.Y.

Brian Thompson

Richfield High School

Richfield

Utah

Daryl Timmer

Woodbury High School

Woodbury

Minn.

Matthew Trevino

Roan Forest Elementary

San Antonio

Texas

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George Tullos

Longfellow Middle School

San Antonio

Texas

Jose Valenzuela

Weslaco High School

Weslaco

Texas

Joel Vanderheyden

Jefferson College

Hillsboro

Mo.

Philip Ventre

Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford

Conn.

Vivian Ventura

Arvida Middle School

Miami

Fla.

Lauren Visel

Orange County High School

Orange

Va.

Ida Warner

Eldersburg Elementary School

Sykesville

Md.

Davida Washer

Colin Powell Elementary

El Paso

Texas

Kyle Weary

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

Hagerstown

Md.

Shawn Weis

Natrona County High School

Casper

Wyo.

Robert West

Ed W. Clark High School

Las Vegas

Nev.

Tyler Wigglesworth

West Covina High School

West Covina

Calif.

Diana Wightman

Liberty Middle School

Newark

Ohio

Alexander Wilga

Davenport Central High School

Davenport

Iowa

Janeen Wilkins

East Anchorage High School

Anchorage

Alaska

Teresa Williams

Cook High School

Adel

Ga.

Stephanie Williamson

Williamsburg High School

Williamsburg

Iowa

Ashley Willits

Notre Dame High School Belmont

Belmont

Calif.

Kelly Winovich

Northgate Middle/Senior High School

Pittsburgh

Pa.

Mary Woodward

North Vista Elementary School

Florence

S.C.

James Yaques

Palm Beach Central High School

Wellington

Fla.

Davey Yarborough

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Washington

D.C.

Ben Yoder

Fall Creek Junior High School

Fishers

Ind.

Jamie Young

Lake Cormorant High School

Lake Cormorant

Miss.

 

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