Congratulations to the 2023 CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence!

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.”

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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
Crystal Briley University Park Creative Arts School Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District Charlotte, NC
Elaina Gallas Edmondson Elementary School Williamson County Schools Brentwood, TN
Elizabeth Carter Snowden School Memphis-Shelby County Schools Memphis, 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. Updated September 2023.

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