NFHS “Outstanding Music Educators” of 2023
Include 18 NAfME Members

On January 23, 2023, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced the 2023 NFHS Performing Arts Educator Award recipients, including 24 Outstanding Music Educator Awards. Of the music educators honored, 18 are NAfME members. Congratulations to all the honorees—learn which recipients are NAfME members.*

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Section 1: Rob Westerberg, York High School, York, Maine

Section 3: Vivian Gonzalez, Miami Arts Studio, Miami, Florida

Section 5: Gretchen Bixler, Eisenhower High School, Wichita, Kansas

Section 7: John Burn, Homestead High School, San Jose, California

Section 8: Kathy Stefani, Grangeville High School, Moscow, Idaho

State Recipients:

Wayne Splettstoeszer, Torrington High School, Torrington, Connecticut

Lisa Linde, Newton South High School, Newton, Massachusetts

Kason Jackson, Carteret High School, Carteret, New Jersey

Charles Heck, Indian River High School, Philadelphia, New York

Peter Roach, Mill River Union High School, North Clarendon, Vermont

Tony McCardle, Calcasieu Parish Schools, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Valerie Bell, Harmony Project KC, Parkville, Missouri

Doran Johnson, Westside High School, Omaha, Nebraska

Laura Eberhardt, Cimarron High School, Cimarron, New Mexico

Jeremy Haas, Duncan Public Schools, Duncan, Oklahoma

Patrick Ryan, Great Falls High School, Great Falls, Montana

Cole Haole-Valenzuela, West Salem High School, Salem, Oregon

Ramon Rivera, Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, Washington

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

February 8, 2023. © National Association for Music Education (

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