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Elementary music teacher, 2 district middle schools honored by FMEA

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FMEA award winners 1-12-18

MEET THE MAESTROS: Pictured from left at the Florida Music Education Association Awards ceremony are Brookside Middle Assistant Principal Amanda Rojas, Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator Angela Hartvigsen, Brookside band teacher Marina Pope, Brookside chorus teacher Holly Dewitt, Laurel Nokomis School elementary music teacher Charles Allen, Laurel Nokomis Principal Ray Wilson, Woodland band/chorus teacher David Wing and Woodland orchestra teacher Christopher Riley.

TAMPA, Jan. 25, 2018 — An elementary music teacher from Laurel Nokomis School and the music programs at Brookside and Woodland middle schools were honored by the Florida Music Education Association at the organization’s FMEA Awards Breakfast, held this year on Jan. 12 at the Tampa Convention Center.

The FMEA Awards are presented during the organization’s annual conference to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of exemplary music teachers, school and district administrators, businesses and others who have made an outstanding contribution to music education. The efforts of all awardees help FMEA attain their mission of promoting a quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida students as part of a complete education.

Laurel Nokomis elementary music teacher Charles Allen was one of nine teachers statewide to receive the 2018 Music Education Service Award. This designation is awarded to music educators who have been active in the field for 25 years or more. Allen was recognized for his 31 years of service in music education.

Two Sarasota County middle schools, Brookside and Woodland, were presented with Middle School Music Enrollment awards. This awards are given to music programs demonstrating high enrollment in music courses. The honors went to Woodland Middle School Principal Cindy Hall and music teachers David Wing and Christopher Riley, with 47 percent of their student body enrolled in music courses. For Brookside Middle School, the award went to Principal Matthew Gruhl and music teachers Holly Dewitt and Marina Pope, with 54 percent of students enrolled in music courses.

“There is a high correlation between students taking music courses and high achievement in other academic subjects,” said Angela Hartvigsen, fine arts curriculum specialist for Sarasota County Schools. “We’re pleased that our district’s dedication to music and other fine arts as an integral part of a well-rounded education is recognized by these statewide accolades.” 

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