15 NAfME Members Named 2023 CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence

CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence logo with music note on light blue background

On May 9, NAfME corporate member CMA Foundation honored 30 music educators during Teacher Appreciation Week with the 2023 Music Teachers of Excellence Awards. This seventh annual recognition celebrates educators for their commitment and impact on the lives of students and the communities they serve.

According to the press release, “The CMA Foundation will hold its seventh Music Teachers of Excellence ceremony on Tuesday, September 19, in Nashville. Along with a night of celebration and recognition, the CMA Foundation will also invest $150,000 total to all of this year’s recipients. Half of each teacher’s investment will go toward their classroom needs and music programs, and the other half will support personal expenses. Funding is used to not only support teachers financially, but to also encourage commitment, motivation and retention in music education.”

NAfME congratulates all the recipients of this special honor. Below are the honored music educators who are members of the National Association for Music Education.*

Ashley Harris

Spring Station Middle School

Williamson County Schools

Spring Hill, TN

Briana Vogt

Franklin High School

Williamson County Schools

Franklin, TN

Elaina Gallas

Edmondson Elementary School

Williamson County Schools

Brentwood, TN

Eric Songer

Chaska Middle School West

Eastern Carver County School District

Chaska, MN

Ethan Chessin

Camas High School

Camas School District

Camas, WA

Frank Zimmerer

Antioch High School

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville, TN

Garrett Doo

Smyrna High School

Rutherford County Schools

Smyrna, TN

Jason Glashauser 

South Clinton Elementary School

Clinton City School District

Clinton, TN

Kacee Sanders

DuPont Hadley Middle School

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville, TN

Kristina Waugh

Rossview High School

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Clarksville, TN

Mandy Funderburk

Meigs Academic Magnet School

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville, TN

Dr. Nita L. Smith

Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Magnet School of the Visual and Performing Arts

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Nashville, TN

Rose Hellmers

Ravenwood High School

Williamson County Schools

Brentwood, TN

Shawna Longo

Durban Avenue Elementary

Hopatcong Borough Schools

Hopatcong, NJ

Sherie Grossman

Mt. Juliet High School

Wilson County Schools

Mount Juliet, TN

* This number reflects those whose memberships were current at the time of this announcement and is subject to change.

May 11, 2023. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)