Mr. Lum was one of many incredible music teachers at Agincourt Collegiate Institute. His classes were always fun and I always looked forward to them. I had always enjoyed music and playing the saxophone, but being around a teacher who was passionate about what he was teaching made me love it even more. His passion and his love for music made rehearsals the best part of my week. He always wanted the best for his students and he created such a welcoming and inclusive environment. I remember the last performance we had, playing O Magnum. It was truly one of the most beautiful moments of my life, getting to create music together and share that experience with everybody else and knowing that he was proud of what we had accomplished. I feel so lucky to have had Mr. Lum as a teacher, but I am a little disappointed that I didn’t even get to spend a full year with him due to the pandemic. Thank you for everything, Mr. Lum!
Dr. David Neves is the current director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles and an instructor of both the University of Rhode Island’s music education program as well as Rhode Island College’s music program. He has a clear passion for what he does, and it shows through his conducting and his teaching. He has inspired me to continue music through the pandemic and I am thankful to have him as a director.
Mr Brown joined our music department around 2 years ago, and since then has helped to inspire the younger years especially and help their love for music grow! Since lockdown began, he’s continued to create innovative ways to make online learning of music fun, and has helped me especially to continue to get better at a part of my A-Level music course that I find difficult. He has also sent out weekly ‘Cover Song’ challenges to anyone, whether they study music or not, to keep the co-curricular side of the music department as brilliant as if we were at school. The ‘Cover Song’ challenges have been a big success! Overall, he’s worked towards keeping everyone involved in music at our school happy, and excited to keep playing our instruments, and learning about music – we couldn’t have done it without him! Thank you :)
Catherine Wilson Smith
Catherine joined choir at Rhode Island College She has a voice of an Angel. Catherine moved to California to pursue a career as a music teacher for children. She believes all children should be exposed to music. Catherine bought musical instruments for her students. She taught them to sing thtough her voice, videos and history of music. Catherine fills her students with the same passion she had as a child and loves doing it. All children need a teacher just like her🎵❤
He is probably one of the most passionate people I’ve met. He always encourages his students to do their best and I think that especially with this pandemic that’s really important.
Mr. Hayner has been a constant source of inspiration for me through my high school career. He has a genuine concern for each one of his students. I’m certain that if you ask any one of his students, current and former, they would say the same. At the core of it all, though, is music. His love for music is unlike most any other I’ve seen. This is plain to see in his hard work, dedication, and resilience. Thanks, Mr. Hayner.
Michael Waterhouse is my music director and during the pandemic, him and the music department were able to put on a virtual summer concert, incorporating virtual performances from students – This was then later live streamed on Facebook for the community to watch, this was done so we would not miss the opportunity to perform in our annual summer concert. Mr W also made sure that we would be able to have our annual carol service, because of Mr W, not only were we able to have a virtual carol service but we were able to record it in the church. We were able to go to the church and all of the different year group choir bubbles were spaced out across the church, socially distanced. We were able to record all of our carols which were then editing and live streamed on Facebook. He has able to edit all of the videos for both the carol service and the summer concert. Mr Waterhouse did everything in his power to ensure that we wouldn’t have to miss any performances. – Thank you.
As a new baby teacher, Abigail brings her skills as a former professional dancer and ballot teacher into fer 1st grade classroom. Despite immense challenges–teaching online to 6 year olds in the room & on the screen–she presses in to inspire and equip “her babies.” Learning to navigate parents, admin, and trch support has been particularly daunting. As her mom, (teacher since 1980) I cheer her on and shout Brava!
Mrs. Jones of Century High School is hands down the greatest teacher I’ve ever had. She gets up every morning to direct several choirs and a musical theatre class throughout the day. She has helped me grow as a performer and a musician in these past four years I’ve been in high school more than I’ve possibly grown in my entire life. She’s so kind and truly cares about her students. She works so hard to make sure that we know our music and understand the meaning and pushes us to be the best musicians we can! I know hybrid schedule has been hard for her to manage, but she is doing amazing and deserves recognition! She’s the greatest :)
Mr Hodder, as well as being an inconceivably talented musician, is an amazing peri teacher here at AKS Lytham, UK. His energy and zeal to his students and to the continuation of our “normal” music programme at school and home is always met with conspicuous success. He has put together all the cover song challenges, the teatime recitals, the summer concert, carol service and so much more – none of which would have been possible without his technical skills and his immense dedication, and we are all incredibly grateful to have him as one of our teachers. Thank you Mr Hodder!
Lory was hired in November to teach preschool children at a local Christian school. The class she was assigned to, was a disaster! There was more free for all and little learning happening. Long story short, Lory spent Christmas break making the class and room her own. Multiple bags of trash and hours of love later,Lory goes in each day determined to give these little ones the structure and skills they need to move on to kindergarten. There are days when the children think the old ways are the only way, but she presses on with love and determination. Lory was sent into what most would think was an impossible situation and is giving it her all, even when she feels her all is not enough. The love expressed by the faculty, parents and children speaks volumes for the job she is doing.
This year I have been able to work as a Teachers Assistant to Mrs. Pearce. She is a beautiful woman inside and out, and I couldn’t imagine teaching with anyone else. She gives me so many opportunities to lead and learn how to teach which I appreciate so much. Plus, she has stayed so incredibly positive through everything. Thank you for making this year amazing, and kickstarting my teaching career.
I was really unsure of myself in middle school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or how to talk to people. One of the few things I knew I could do was sing, and Ms. Flook really brought that out of me. I felt safe and wanted in choir, and it gave me so many precious opportunities. Ms. Flook was always passionate about her work and genuinely cared about the students in her class, and provided a great balance between fun and musical education. We wanted to be there, and we learned a lot from being there. I’m a junior voice performance major in WVU, and I still have contact with her. She still encourages me to be better than I already am. Ms. Flook was responsible for my musical foundation, and without her influence, my life and many of my friends lives could have been much different.
Mrs. Alber is my almost 6 year old daughter’s kindergarten teacher at CHIME Charter in Woodland Hills, CA, and she has been more than I could’ve ever asked for as a teacher to my girl. We’ve been 100% remote this whole year, but Mrs. Alber has made it fruitful and fun. Not only is she excellent at teaching academics in creative ways, but she truly goes above and beyond for her students and parents. My daughter has ADHD, and remote schooling is particularly tough for her. Mrs. Alber has been absolutely incredible with providing individualized teaching techniques for my daughter, and sometimes even stays on Zoom after class is over, just to play and bond with her. She’s even had one-on-one dance parties with my daughter as a reward for good work and focus. These were on Mrs. Alber’s lunch time! I could go on and on here, but I just can’t adequately express how grateful I am for Mrs. Alber! My only regret is that my daughter may never get to be in the actual classroom with her.
She has been working so hard especially the last year to make choir an enjoyable experience!
Hannah is a remarkably talented vocalist who chose to serve middle school students with her gifts and talents. I went to university with her (we lived on the same hall in our freshman year dorm together and instantly clicked!) and it is evident she goes above and beyond what is required of her. She loves teaching her students choral masterpieces and helping them discover their joy and delight in the class. She has shown such dedication to the students via Zoom and (safely) in person throughout this entire pandemic. Though Hannah has never been my teacher, I know she is a remarkable one, seeing how involved she is with her students when we catch up from time to time. She is truly passionate for what she does, no matter how hard it gets. She has never given up on her students.
Amir Bahador SG
not only he is doing his best to educate us in belle canto with all its difficulties, but also he is such a kind caring friend with a golden heart who helps us in any situation. God speed you sir.
Mrs. Ball is a kind and caring teacher who provides students a unique and fun perspective on music of all genres. She has had to be creative in teaching music online, from call and response singing, to creating fun and interactive music history and theory activities for her students. She always encourages her students to create, participate, and appreciate music in all forms.
Dr. Mark Taylor
His dedication to his students.
Dr.Taylor is one of the most passionate, caring, and honest men I know both in and out of the classroom. I could not be more proud to know him!
Mark is a high school orchestra teacher at Centreville High School, Centreville, VA. One of the first inspiring projects in his totally virtual teaching this year was called the Gratitude Project. His orchestra students had to think about people they were especially grateful for during this pandemic. Then they individually thanked teachers, custodians, first responders, nurses, grocery workers, etc. online, and, in virtual ensembles, played special music just for them, to show their appreciation.
I am a senior in high school and I can very confidently say that in my 13+ years of schooling, I have never met a better teacher than Mrs. Clausen. She is an amazing director and musician and above that, she is one of the best people I know. It’s not just that she’s a great teacher, she’s a great friend. She always goes out of her way to make sure that her students know they are loved and cared for and it makes choir such a safe environment. I would without a doubt be no where near the person I am today without her. She has only impacted my life positively and I am so thankful for the influence and guidance she has given me inside and outside of the classroom. I have grown immensely as a musician and as a person all thanks to her. Casteel High School is incredibly lucky to have her.
Camilyn Clausen, my choir director of 5 years, has continued to be an inspiration to me and all of her students. She has fought tirelessly throughout this pandemic to make our year as normal and safe as possible. She continually sacrifices her time with her own family to make our experience in choir better. Her approach to choir as “community first and music second” as a result has made our group incredibly strong musically because we all feel connected and we WANT to make good music. She believes in her students and as a result we want to meet her high expectations. We have so many talented individuals within the choir program that SHE has fostered. She has given so many kids the opportunity to heal through music which is what choir is all about. There are not enough good things I can say about Mrs. Clausen. She truly embodies everything that makes a teacher great! I admire her greatly and hope to exemplify half of her amazing qualities as a teach one day!
This year has obviously been far from ideal for teachers in general, however performing arts teachers have been met with almost an impossible challenge. How do you maintain the same fun and caring environment, while creating beautiful music within the constraints of not being able to be within 6 feet of each other. Mrs Clausen has worked a great deal to make sure that we are doing the most we can with what we’ve been given. Throughout virtual learning and in person learning, she has been resilient in her efforts to keep us safe, not only physically, but mentally as well, taking days to stop what we are doing and check in on one another. Because of her efforts, we have been able to have a safe choir concert that allowed us to experience what I never thought we would have again. Being a senior in high school, she has done more for me than I could have ever asked for.
she is the most caring choir director i have ever had. she treats her students as her own children and she cares for them just as much. she always says that our choir family comes first and the music comes second. because of our unity as a choir, we are able to create such beautiful music. she is the most amazing teacher and she has made such a difference in each and every one of her students lives.
Mrs. Clausen is a blessing. As a Senior, this year has been incredibly difficult. But she has fought for us tooth and nail, giving us a wonderful year, and keeping us safe too! With mental health days, and social distanced concerts, and choir parties, and unconditional love, she has made this year one to remember, in the best way possible. I love you!!
Andi is living her dream come true as she began her first year teaching this year, in her 50s, during the pandemic. She is an elementary art school teacher to a very diverse and vibrant population in small town Iowa. Her Martin Luther King, Jr. Day art projects showing all the beautiful skin tones present in our school taught kids pride in their heritage and being confident in their own skin. Andi brings joy to each class as she teaches art and fosters a creative spirit in children from special education classrooms to kindergarten to 4th grade. She’s made a tough year for students and teachers easier with the joy of art and her continual sunny disposition!