Last year our band was falling apart. I, who had lived for music since the sixth grade, began to lose my love for it and doubt my ability in the one thing I had felt confident in. The assistant director at our school, Mrs. Garcia, was having the same experience, she has been my director since middle school and is the sole reason I learned to love music. Last year she along with all of us had began to lose the love for music that had caused her to become a director in the first place, she was on the verge of leaving teaching all together. However, she fought through and now inspires us daily in class. Mrs. Garcia never fails to make us laugh and her true love for music is reflected in the passion shown by her students.
Ms. Warren is such a kind and loving soul who has devoted her life to her students and the music that we create together. She come in early before school starts, leaves school several hours after school is over, and spends all of that time helping her students create music. She is such a special soul and is so devoted to her work it’s remarkable. Her patience is never ending, along with her caring and kindness. She always makes sure everyone is taken care of. She will leave the 99 to help the one. Our school isn’t super arts based, but we are booming with creativity and she knows exactly how to harvest it. Our schools favorite piece we have ever done is “Glow” by Eric Whitacre and the way she has been able to develop style and balance our choir to perfectly fit the piece, along with add creativity is insane. I hope to be as good of a teacher and a musician as she is.
This teacher is so outstandingly kind. She keeps a kindness box in her room, and a few times a week we do a hugs and compliments thing during warm-ups that just brightens my whole day. She is so patient and always looks for the best in people. She does not stand for unkind words, and she always encourages us to be kind to everyone because you never know what they are going through. Not to mention her inspiring love of music that brings even more light into the lives of her students. She directs a wonderful choir that I am so lucky to be a part of. Ms. Warren is teacher of the week every week to me.
Ms. Warren is not only an amazing choir teacher, but she is a great friend. She promotes kindness and honor above all else in her classroom, and makes sure everyone feels loved. Coming to choir everyday feels like coming home to family, and on top of all the great relationships Ms. Warren has helped us build, we get to learn and perform great music!
She is the best teacher anyone could ask for. She goes above and beyond for her students and loves each and every one of them so much. Her teaching skills are phenomenal and all of us have learned so much from her!!
Ms. Warren is the absolute best choir teacher. I have made every single honor choir I have auditioned for and it is all because of her help. She goes above and beyond for her students and makes each and everyone of them feel special. She uses all of spare time to help better the musical abilities of her students. She deserves this honor 100 percent.
I’m nominating my Choir teacher Ms Warren because she’s made such an impact in my musical career. I was a shy kid but with her help I’ve grown enough courage to stand on a stage and sing my heart out for hundreds of people I don’t really know. I think she deserves to be recognized for the relationships she builds with her students, our whole class loves her.
She has inspired me to teach others music and persue it as a career! I would not be where I am now without her!
She ensures that her students always find themselves welcome in a comfortable environment, and has acted not just as a teacher to her students, but as a very good friend.
I am nominating Thea Persinger because she is one of the most creative, kind, caring and all around best people that I’ve worked with in the education field. She cares so deeply for her students. She shows up everyday to give them 100% of herself. She comes up with creative lesson plans to teach her students. She has appreciation days where her students talk about what they appreciate about each other to help build a respectful community. She helps them in any way she can. She is there outside of the classroom as well, going to other activities that her students are involved in. There is a reason they call her ‘Mama P’ and she is most deserving of this recognition.
I am nominating Mr. Sakalaucks for this award because he is extremely dedicated to our school and students. He goes above and beyond his role as the music teacher to advocate for the students. He is constantly trying to push for more opportunities to be available at the school and to give the kids all they deserve. Hearing him speak in board meetings on behalf of the children is truly inspiring. He is dedicated not only to the students, but to the entire school. Our school is lucky to have someone who cares as much as he does.
Thank you for all you do!
Mrs.E is one of the nicest, kindest, and supportive teacher I have met. She is so supportive when learning new music and nice to all students. Not only is she the choir teacher but also helps out with the spring musicals, which makes class and after school more fun. She makes singing so much more fun. Leaning music and all of that stuff is so much better when you have an amazing teacher like her.
Mrs. Emanuelson is the most caring and thoughtful teacher i’ve ever worked with. She so clearly has such a passion for music that she tries to inspire in her students in such a caring and accessible way. She has almost single-handedly revived the music program within our public school where the arts are getting walked over like they are dirt. She advocates for equality and equal accessibility to music and art for all of her students and has devoted her life to it. She’s shown us Eric Whitacre memes in class and talks of his works all the time, using them as ways to make teaching music theory accessible to other students. She works hard to keep music relevant in our school and seeing herself recognized on this website would be a tremendous morale boost to her and would let her know that all her hard work hasn’t been for nothing.
She is an amazing choir teacher. I have never learned more in any voice or choir class and she is insanely nice on top of that.
She is a great choir teacher!
She is the best
Matt really cares for his students, just ask them. He is the most humble person, his students respect him and Matt encourages his students to be the best they can be.
Mrs. McLeod was my sixth grade choir director and us now my choir director in high school. She is always so inspiring, and she is always wanting to make everyone feel at home. She is part of our choir family and she is so encouraging. I cannot wait to be able to be like her after I graduate. Mrs. McLeod is an amazing person, and I love her dearly! :)
Mr. Guidry is singlehandedly the most accepting, loving teacher I have ever had. He has such a passion for music that is infectious, and his love for dad jokes during rehearsal is even bigger. There are many LGBTQ+ students in my music department, and every student has been welcomed with open arms, myself included. Guidry gives his all every single day, and treats every piece and performance with upmost importance. He has inspired me to keep pursuing music as long as I can due to his cheerful nature and his love for creating art.
I am just one of the many people whose lives he’s had a profound impact on. My mom even credits the person I am today to his teaching. He makes students confident in themselves and their musicianship. He makes music fun and engaging in a way that will change you fundamentally. He is also obsessed with Eric Whitacre. I learned more from him in high school than I did throughout my undergrad degree in music. My dream career is to be a choral teacher now. I do not have the right words to explain (or properly thank him for) what he has done for his students.
Teaches at a Performing Arts school day in and day out with all of his energy, and does more out of the classroom than I have ever seen a teacher do. Teaching is his calling and he cares.
Being in music for all of my life, it can get disheartening. Before Mr. Broady, I felt like I didn’t belong in the music industry. When he came to my school, he pushed me past my limits and showed me that I am more capable than I thought. Mr. Broady gave me so many opportunities that I will forever be grateful for. Best teacher ever!
Dr. Joshua Palkki
Dr. Palkki is one of the most kind and understanding teachers I have ever had. He works his hardest to accommodate all of his students while giving them the most pristine education. I have learned so much from him!!
He puts in so much time and effort into everything he does. He does more things than his contract says. He’s also the nicest person, yet he knows how to get work done. He is very passionate about music.
Aubrey Patterson truly touches the lives of everyone she comes into contact with. She is a mentor, friend, mom and so much more. She shows you not just what it means to be a good musician but also how to be a kind, empathetic, and caring person. That choir is just as much about the people you are connecting with as it is about musicianship. She believes in your own individual growth and fostering a beautiful community of people that want to work to build these leadership skills and understand those around us. All the while teaching us to develop strong music literacy skills, and the importance of a diverse repertoire to empower our own understanding and those around us. She has truly changed my whole life and there is so much I could share about her but I just hope she is able to see all the amazing things she has curated. I could not be more grateful to have gotten the opportunity to have her in my life. She is such a force and I will never forget the time I had with her.
I have the privilege of working with Ms. Spielman and I look up to her as a choral director. She shows amazing tenacity, confidence, and empathy and the program she has built is inspiring. Not only are her students musically exceptional, but also they are connected in community through her teaching and leadership. She is a force of power, beauty, and love!
Miss Dexter is an engaging, committed, and gifted educator. Her third grade classroom is one where acceptance, tolerance, exploration, and the simple joys of learning are celebrated each and every day. Every member of her learning community is valued for their individual gifts, and a sense of community and mutual respect is fostered. The ‘explorers’ (Adventure is out there) is the classroom theme, and they together discover the many ways in which learning in a caring, respect-filled community can bring both joy and knowledge. My spouse Daphne (a weekly classroom volunteer) and I are most proud of this caring and dedicated educator – who just happens to be our daughter.
First of all, she is the biggest Eric Whitacre fan! More importantly she always encourages her students to try their best and she does everything in her power to make choir a fun and safe environment for everyone. She works harder than most teachers I’ve seen and she deserves to know that her work is appreciated by her students. As our high school choir continues to sing Whitacre pieces, Ms. M fuels our passion to sing. As a student I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing choir directed by an even more amazing teacher! We love you Ms. M!
Miss Manalo has brought joy into the lives of so many choir students. She makes the high school experience bearable by giving us fun activities and songs to look forward to in choir. She might have way too much energy but that’s what makes her class so fun. She’s turned so many non music kids into choir lovers and she’s amazing at what she does. She’s a HUGE Eric Whitacre fan and winning this would make her entire life. We just sang “sing gently” at our winter concert and Miss Manalo couldn’t stop fan girling over him.
Eileen Walentin “Wally”
wally is probably the kindest most caring choir teacher ever. I am 2 years ahead of my brother and when my brother came to the school he was bullied, wally took him under her wing and same with me. she changed the way we look at each other and her classroom is a safe space for any student including me and my brother and anyone can go to her and know they will be accepted and cared for. wally is like a mother to her students and when I’m with her I feel comfortable and she pushes me past my limits and helps me succeed. thank you wally. 💗
Gene Seese is the Choral Director at North Forsyth High School. Not only is he an Eric Whitacre Super Fan, but an incredible teacher and role model to his students. In and out of the school building, Gene Seese never fails to make all students feel valued and respected. He sacrifices so much of his personal time to make sure his students and ensembles and striving and becoming the best they can possibly be. On top of being an incredible teacher and inspiring hundreds of students, he dedicates himself even further to music by directing the Church Choir at Grace Presbyterian Church and being a Bass section leader in the North Georgia Singers. As someone who has worked under Gene Seese for several years now, I cannot express enough how deserving he is of recognition for his dedication. In my 4 years with him, Gene Seese has taught be how to be a better performer and musician. Without the guidance of Gene Seese, I and many others wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful as we are today.
Ms. Clark is a wonderful inspiration for music. She motivates me to work harder and stronger. She also never gives up and is a perfect example for teenagers.