202 of the 2025 Music Educator AwardTM Quarterfinalists Are NAfME Members

The Music Educator Award Is Presented by The Recording AcademyTM and the GRAMMY Museum®

The Recording Academy™ and GRAMMY Museum® has announced 215 quarterfinalists for the 2025 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™, and of that number, 202 are currently members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)*. Nominations from 202 cities were submitted. In addition to the quarterfinalists, 159 legacy applicants from 2024 will also be eligible to win the award this year, and of that number, 78 are currently members of NAfME*. From elementary general music teachers to band directors, choral conductors, string teachers, and college professors, NAfME congratulates these exemplary, dedicated music educators.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators — kindergarten through college, public and private schools — who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2025, which takes place ahead of the 2025 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 67th GRAMMY Awards.

The twelfth honoree will also be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 67th GRAMMY Awards® and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Additionally, 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The Music Educator Award program, including the honorariums and matching school grants, is supported by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation this year. The National Association for Music Education supports this program through outreach to music education supporters.

Semifinalists will be announced later this year.

Nine of the previous eleven GRAMMY Music Educator honorees, Kent KnappenbergerJared CassedyPhillip RiggsKeith HancockMelissa SalgueroJeffery Redding, Mickey Smith Jr., Pamela Dawson, and Annie Ray—the 2024 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient—are NAfME members. The 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient is Jeffrey Murdock, associate professor of music at the University of Arkansas, and the 2022 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient is Stephen Cox, band director at Eastland High School in Eastland, Texas.

Learn more about the Music Educator AwardTM process.

Below is a list of NAfME members who have been named quarterfinalists for the 2025 Music Educator Award. Click here for the full list of 215 quarterfinalists and 159 legacy applicants.

2025 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists who are NAfME members

Amber Yates Thompson Middle School Alabaster Alabama
Jonathan Powell West End High School Walnut Grove Alabama
Matt Martindale Shelby County High School Columbiana Alabama
Taylor Cash Albertville High School Albertville Alabama
Christopher Lubken Robert Service High School Anchorage Alaska
Michelle Nielsen Diamond Canyon School Anthem Arizona
J Alan Landers Lakenheath High School APO Armed Forces
Anthony Spano Culver City High School Culver City California
Candace Love August Boeger Middle School San Jose California
Patrick Aguayo Rolling Hills Middle School Los Gatos California
Abigail Martinez Erie Middle School Erie Colorado
Katanna Linn Highlands Ranch High School Highlands Ranch Colorado
Kate Margrave Pine Creek High School Colorado Springs Colorado
James Minnix Central Connecticut State University New Britian Connecticut
Zachary Thomas Ledyard High School Ledyard Connecticut
Jonathan Mracko Postlethwait Middle School Camden Wyoming Delaware
Allen Venezio East River High School Orlando Florida
Bernie Hendricks, Jr. Ocoee High School Ocoee Florida
Cindy Ellis Miami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda Glazer Miami Florida
Craig Uppercue Volusia County Schools Daytona Beach Florida
Daniel Beilman Oak Park School Sarasota Florida
Erin Kronzek Unity School Delray Beach Florida
Ernesta Chicklowski Roosevelt Elementary School Tampa Florida
Jennifer Jimenez South Miami Sr. High School Miami Florida
Michael Antmann Freedom High School Orlando Florida
Stefanie Sagaro Academy for Innovative Education Charter School Miami Springs Florida
William J. Molineaux The Osceola County School for the Arts Kissimmee Florida
Anthony Pickard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Lithonia Georgia
Jared Duncan DeKalb School of the Arts Avondale Estates Georgia
Lenae Rose Morgan County High School Madison Georgia
Victoria Warnet Columbus State University Columbus Georgia
Michael Richardson Perry Meridian High School Indianapolis Indiana
Alex Underwood Hays High School Hays Kansas
Cindy Reynolds Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School Shawnee Kansas
Curtis Mulvenon Shawnee Mission West High School Overland Park Kansas
Jeremy Cole Southern Middle School Somerset Kentucky
John Johnson Boyd County High School Ashland Kentucky
Lawrence McCrobie Valley High School Louisville Kentucky
Cordara Harper Grambling State University Grambling Louisiana
Ryan Geary Sanford High School Sanford Maine
Barry Chesky Dulaney High School Timonium Maryland
Kellie Harvey Fruitland Primary School Fruitland Maryland
Adria Smith Marblehead Community Charter Public School Marblehead Massachusetts
Jesse Dooley Millbury Jr./Sr. High School Millbury Massachusetts
Kathleen McCarthy Attleboro High School Attleboro Massachusetts
Kayla Werlin Longmeadow High School Longmeadow Massachusetts
Korey Bruno Westfield High School Westfield Massachusetts
Natalie Sheeler Sturgis Charter Public School Hyannis Massachusetts
Rob Goldman Westwood High School Westwood Massachusetts
Matthew Shephard Meridian Early College High School Sanford Michigan
Joe DeLisi Chisago Lakes High School Lindstrom Minnesota
Andrew Beasley Pearl High School Pearl Mississippi
Bobby Helms Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson Mississippi
Cherie Bowe Pascagoula High School Pascagoula Mississippi
Lee Anne Barnes Thomas Street Elementary School Tupelo Mississippi
Daniel Gutierrez Nixa High School Nixa Missouri
Kimberly Whitehead Sikeston High School Sikeston Missouri
Mike Steep Parkway Northeast Middle School Creve Coeur Missouri
Stephen Rew Raymore-Peculiar High School Peculiar Missouri
Christopher Weddel Fremont High School Fremont Nebraska
Chris Pierson Chaparral High School Las Vegas Nevada
Robert West Clark High School Las Vegas Nevada
Stephen Blanco Las Vegas High School Las Vegas Nevada
Alex Sieira Harrison High School Harrison New Jersey
Christopher Henke Kittatinny Regional High School Newton New Jersey
Eric Laprade The College of New Jersey Ewing New Jersey
Jessie Mersinger New Brunswick High School New Brunswick New Jersey
Joseph Flores Mesa Middle School Roswell New Mexico
Andrew Bennett Fredonia High School Fredonia New York
Andrew Pease Hartwick College Oneonta New York
Erin McConnell Camillus Middle School Camillus New York
Justin Peterson Middle School 67Q Louis Pasteur Little Neck New York
Kelly Nieman Alden Intermediate School Alden New York
Kelly Seymour Ballston Spa Middle/High School Ballston Spa New York
Lawrence Dubill Hamburg High School Hamburg New York
Marc Ratner Mineola High School Garden City Park New York
Nicole Davidson Susan E. Wiley Elementary School Copiague New York
Aria Westbrook Hawfields Middle School Mebane North Carolina
Donald Walter Northwest Guilford High School and Northwest Guilford Middle School Greensboro North Carolina
Emily Golden East Burke High School Connelly Springs North Carolina
Katie Stephens Charles D. Owen High School Black Mountain North Carolina
Mallory Norton Weddington High School Matthews North Carolina
Nathan Bowman Southeast Middle School Salisbury North Carolina
Regan Eudy Central Elementary School Albemarle North Carolina
Sarah Fulton Kings Mountain High School Kings Mountain North Carolina
Jeremy Overbeck Century High School Bismarck North Dakota
Amir Jones Thomas W. Harvey High School Painesville Ohio
Bryce Werntz Oak Hill High School Oak Hill Ohio
David Roth Lakeside High School Ashtabula Ohio
Eric Bable Crestview High School Columbiana Ohio
Larry Kennon Troy Christian Junior High/High School Troy Ohio
Adam Mewhorter Southmoore High School Moore Oklahoma
Angela McKenna Classen School of Advanced Studies at Northeast High School Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Justin Britt Kingston Public Schools Kingston Oklahoma
Bobi-Jean Alexander Seneca Valley Senior High School Harmony Pennsylvania
Cyndi Mancini Montour High School McKees Rocks Pennsylvania
Evelyn Stohlman Bishop Shanahan High School Downingtown Pennsylvania
Jason Falvo Waynesburg Central Elementary Waynesburg Pennsylvania
Kathleen Amabile Elk Lake Junior-Senior High School Springville Pennsylvania
Lou Ribar Lenape Elementary Ford City Pennsylvania
Maura Saint Blackhawk High School Beaver Falls Pennsylvania
Samantha Leali Shenango Junior/Senior High School New Castle Pennsylvania
William Steadman General McLane High School Edinboro Pennsylvania
Adrian Maclin Cordova High School Memphis Tennessee
Cole Hunt Burchfield Elementary School Oneida Tennessee
Jay McCulley Sunset Middle School Brentwood Tennessee
Brian Henson Walnut Grove High School Prosper Texas
Leigh Ann McClain Griffin Middle School The Colony Texas
Preston Pierce Plano West Senior High School Plano Texas
Kelly DeHaan Mountain Ridge High School Herriman Utah
Kate Wisbey Charlottesville Catholic School Charlottesville Virginia
Sonja Jewell Loudoun Country Day School Leesburg Virginia
Elliot Weeks Seattle Preparatory School Seattle Washington
Ethan Chessin Camas High School Camas Washington
Melanie Gunn Whitman Middle School Seattle Washington
Mike Scott Columbia Basin College Pasco Washington
Nathan Rodahl Port Angeles High School Port Angeles Washington
Sarah Hart Islander Middle School Mercer Island Washington
Joshua Krohn Brent Elementary School Washington Washington, D.C.
Dr. John Carlisle Hannan JSHS Ashton West Virginia
Leslie Riedel Capital High School Charleston West Virginia
Bridget Duffy-Ulrich Oshkosh North High School Oshkosh Wisconsin
Kimberly Meader Green Bay Preble High School Green Bay Wisconsin
Mike Fedyszyn Riverview Middle School Plymouth Wisconsin


2025 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Legacy Applicants who are NAfME members

Damion Womack The Montgomery Academy Montgomery Alabama
Ryan Diefenderfer Paradise Valley High School Phoenix Arizona
Amy Villanova Canyon Crest Academy San Diego California
Jason Shiuan Saratoga High School Saratoga California
Tony Spano Culver City High School Culver City California
Tyler Wigglesworth West Covina High School West Covina California
Valerie Vinnard Webster Elementary Long Beach California
Kate Klotz Monarch High School Louisville Colorado
Wes Sparkes Eagleview Middle School Colorado Springs Colorado
Amy Hannequin Bethel Middle School Bethel Connecticut
Anthony Ferreira Suffield High School West Suffield Connecticut
Lou Kitchner Bedford Middle School Westport Connecticut
Patrick Smith Cooperative Arts High School New Haven Connecticut
DeAnna Zecchin Indian River High School Dagsboro Delaware
Jessica Gronberg Hawkes Bluff Elementary Davie Florida
Joani Slawson Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Melbourne Florida
Lance Rauh Patriot Oaks Academy St. Johns Florida
Shannon Stem University Academy Panama City Florida
Christopher Andrews Hephzibah High School Hephzibah Georgia
Devin James Salem High School Conyers Georgia
Paula Williams The Ron Clark Academy Atlanta Georgia
Susan Boddie Valdosta State University Valdosta Georgia
Justin Antos Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Blue Island Illinois
Bethany Robinson Noblesville High School Noblesville Indiana
James Byrn, Jr. Maconaquah High School Bunker Hill Indiana
Shawn Royer Marian University Indianapolis Indiana
Cory Joy Craig Benton Intermediate School Benton Louisiana
Dayshawn Russell North Iberville Elementary and High School Rosedale Louisiana
Hoza Redditt MSA East Academy Saint Gabriel Louisiana
Stephanie Robertson Ponchatoula High School Ponchatoula Louisiana
Cassandra Sulbarán Braintree High School Braintree Massachusetts
Jonathan Eldridge Weston Public Schools Weston Massachusetts
Lisa Linde Newton South High School Newton Massachusetts
Marcos Carreras Conservatory of the Arts Springfield Massachusetts
Matthew Cunningham Brockton High School Brockton Massachusetts
Michael Lapomardo Shrewsbury High School Shrewsbury Massachusetts
Ashley Sands Kennedy Secondary School Fergus Falls Minnesota
Timothy Arnold Orono High School Long Lake Minnesota
Joel Hill Velma Jackson High School & Shirley Camden Mississippi
Travis Coakley William Carey University Hattiesburg Mississippi
Cathryn Burt East Newton High School Granby Missouri
Natalie Moore Sullivan High School Sullivan Missouri
Tamara Frazier North Valleys High School Reno Nevada
Jeanne Andrews Petway Elementary School Vineland New Jersey
Antoine Dolberry P.S. 103 Hector Fontanez School Bronx New York
Catherine Plichta Theatre Arts Production Company School Bronx New York
Dawn Amthor Wallkill Senior High School Wallkill New York
Harold Stephan Stuyvesant High School New York New York
Jessica Torres Elmont Memorial Jr/Sr High School Elmont New York
Kathy Perconti Wayne Central High School Ontario Center New York
Jennifer Walter University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro North Carolina
Amanda Blevins Tri-Valley High School Dresden Ohio
Brian Nabors Shelby High School Shelby Ohio
David Pope Baldwin Wallace University Berea Ohio
Toye Harris Miami High School Miami Oklahoma
Coty Raven Morris Portland State University Portland Oregon
Brian Querry Charles A. Huston Middle School Lower Burrell Pennsylvania
Jennifer DiVasto Pennridge School District Perkasie Pennsylvania
Jenny Neff University of the Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Jonathan Helmick Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock Pennsylvania
Martha Heise Seventh Street School Oil City Pennsylvania
Ryan Bulgarelli Williamsport Area High School Williamsport Pennsylvania
Nathaniel Gunter Greer High School Greer South Carolina
Benjamin Blasko Lipscomb University Nashville Tennessee
J.D. Frizzell Briarcrest Christian School Eads Tennessee
Vanessa Cobb Montgomery Central High School Cunningham Tennessee
Jessie Smith Yes Prep Public Schools Houston Texas
John Ware Stovall Middle School Houston Texas
Lynn Sweet Mount Anthony Union High School Bennington Vermont
Alberto Rodriguez Mount Vernon High School Alexandria Virginia
Kyle Cook Western Branch Middle School Chesapeake Virginia
Mary Catherine Campbell Seven Pines Elementary School Sandston Virginia
Jeff Chang Decatur High School Federal Way Washington
Tim O’Donnell Ephrata High School Ephrata Washington
Cassandra Nelson Mountaineer Middle School Morgantown West Virginia
Chris Hayslette Bridgeport Middle School Bridgeport West Virginia
Victor Iapalucci Phillip Barbour High School Philippi West Virginia
Lisa Werner St. Bruno Parish School Dousman Wisconsin

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

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