Beth Menke Miller
Ms. Miller is not only an exceptional teacher and performer she also takes a strong interest in the development of her students. In and out of the classroom Beth Miller has been a supportive energy to everyone she knows. If you’re lucky enough to know her you’d say that she is truly one of the most caring,passionate, and real people you know.
Even nearly ten years later, his unsurpassable knowledge, experience, love of music, and love of his students continues to inspire me on a regular basis, both from memory and from seeing him still in action. If it weren’t for Kelly, I know my high school and later experiences would have been void of any real light.
Because of the work he has done with both advanced and beginning choir students, Preston Bowthorpe has had students of all ages balanced in multiple choirs take his classes even though he graduated from college very recently. He teaches music to the individual student, not just the class.
Despite the low funding that the school provides for choir, she goes out of her way to make sure our choir is able to participate in any given event. Sometimes even out of pocket, she never gives up on us and motivates us to reach for the stars. She’s the reason myself and many others have chosen music as our major.
Mr Maunu influences his students to practice not only music but also real life. He also teaches us not to be afraid to cry or be emotional with one another. He preaches that music is lifeless without involving real life emotions and events.
Mr. Ellis was the most funnest, craziest, sincere, and most inspirational choir teacher I’ve ever had. His intense passion for music made all his students motivated to make sure they practice and work as a team. If there was ever a time where the students did not understand a subject, he would adapt to each student so everyone was on the same page. Mr. Ellis constantly challenged his students because he knew their potential and talent, which is why he always gets Superiors in all his competitions. He should be nominated because no matter what is happening in his or his students life, his positive attitude and great teaching methods makes him one of the best educators I’ve ever seen.
Mrs. Schumacher is quite possibly one of the most personable, honest, and caring educators that I have had the pleasure to be in class with. She consistently pushed me to give all that I do my best, not just with music but all aspects of my life. I am lucky to have been taught by her, and I have developed my passion for music from her devotion. Mrs. Schumacher is a great teacher and deserves recognition!
She is truly an inspiration and always there to help you grow as a musician and a person. She is so kind and enthusiastic, and has faith in all of her students even when they don’t see it themselves, and she’s a loving mother to all. Mrs. Mielcarz has helped me through really difficult times in my life, and I’m forever thankful for her.
Mr. Klein always works his hardest from the second he walks into the school until he walks out 8 hours later and even then it doesn’t stop there he also score studies daily and still finds time to take college classes to get his doctorate. He teaches all the choirs about music but he teaches us so much like how to be a leader and how to be responsible. Most of all he has created a safe space for everyone that is drama free and is always positive and a family atmosphere with people you didn’t even know at the beginning of the year.
She is always happy and welcoming in her classes! She picks great music and always finds ways to engage us. We can talk to her and trust her like a friend. She’s a wonderful person!
Erin Goeke (Go-Kee) is the choir director at Durham Middle School in Lewisville, Texas. Erin graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Music Therapy. She obtained her certification as a music therapist, but then quickly decided that she could make a bigger impact by becoming a music teacher. She’s just starting her fourth year at Durham and was honored as Teacher of the Year last year. How she handles 200+ 6th, 7th and 8th graders every day is a mystery to me, but I suspect she uses her music therapy skills to keep everybody balanced. This year she introduced a new after school program called “Karaoke with Goeke” which was a big hit! I know her students mean the world to Erin and she means the world to me. In her “spare time,” Erin joined a Sweet Adelines chorus called the Rich-Tones and we will be competing at the International contest in St. Louis in October.
Mrs Coon has been my teacher for 3 years, but she’s been teaching and singing for longer than I’ve been alive. She manages to bring fun into even the most boring songs and makes the hour a day I spend in her class my favorite. Her tireless efforts to make the Chico High choir the best it can be and the love she gives to each and every student makes her not only the best teacher here, but my personal role model.
I am nominating my band teacher, Hope Watts, because she is a constant inspiration for every student she teaches. I also give her props for having to deal with all the drama of high school AND middle school students. She inspired me to become a band teacher. These are some of the reasons why I think Hope Watts is the perfect candidate for teacher of the week.
Amanda has been teaching at the same middle school for her entire decade long career and has grown the program to pushing 400 kids. Many of her students have gone on to be musicians and teachers themselves. This year her Varsity Treble Choir was selected to perform at the 60th National ACDA Conference, the first middle choir in her district’s history. She also has poured into several new teachers over the years when they are her assistant and then move in to run their own programs. More than anything, her students mean everything to her and all she wants is to see them learn to love music. She is the best teacher I know.
Mrs. Clausen always sees the potential in all of her students and wants to do everything she can to help them succeed. She provides them with many opportunities that will help them grow. Not only is she a great teacher, but she’s also a great role model and inspiration.
Dr Russell W Hoffmann
Russell just retired in June from the Princeton Public School System, 36 years there at JW Middle School and 41-1/2 years all together – but still teaches four nights and Saturdays in Flemington, NJ. His students love him and many will have a different teacher but transfer to him. He teaches violin, viola and cello. Plus he has an orchestra that he founded with two friends – Newtown Chamber Orchestra in Newtown, PA starting its 29th Season this fall. He works so hard to bring music to the community and to children – he should qualify for a ‘Teacher of the Week’.
Russ Christensen is the former choir director of the Grammy-Award winning chamber choir at Sprague High School in Salem, Oregon and current director of Oregon State University’s award-winning Meistersingers. He has upheld a tradition of excellence, musicality and poise throughout his career. His ability to direct over 100 students at a time in beautiful order and unison is that of master status. Though he holds his choirs to high standards, he’s able to keep great rapport with his peers and the singers he directs. He’s mastered the ability to keep students engaged, comfortable and motivated toward excellence.
Dr. Angela Broeker
Dr. Broeker is the most loving and generous human being and an incredible Choral music educator. She teaches with such kindness, empathy and grace and is an inspiration to all of the students she comes into contact with. After two weeks of graduate conducting this summer, she gently reminded our class “You are enough. As you already are, you are enough.” Her belief in each of her students is so encouraging…and she is a brilliant musician to boot!
This man has created such a loving environment in our choir deparentment and strives not for perfection, but for us as singers to enjoy ourselves and the music. He genuinely wants us to thrive and enjoy the ride along the way. I’ve never met a more generous and caring man who thoroughly cares for their students. He’s been such a big father figure in my life and loves unconditionally to all his students.
Dr. Andrew Robinette
Dr. Robinette is without a doubt, one of the greatest teachers I have ever had the fortune to study under. Not only is he genuine, but he deeply cares about his job and the students he teaches. Andrew has inspired countless students in the field of Music Education and it is because of him that he inspired me to become a teacher like him and better me as a person. I owe everything to him as he has saved my life in more ways then one.