SBO+ 2023 50+ Directors Who Make a Difference

37 Are NAfME Members

In December 2023, School Band and Orchestra Plus (SBO+) magazine announced its “50+ Directors of Music Who Make a Difference.” Of those, 37 honorees are NAfME members.*

“This is our 24th year of recognizing outstanding directors of music from each state,” wrote Thomas Palmatier, SBO+ Editor-in-Chief. “This year SBO+ expands this feature to ‘50+’ with an educator from the District of Columbia and many choral directors. If you want to feel better about the state of music education, or are looking for inspiration for your own teaching, read on.”

SBO+ Magazine December 2023

These music educators share their proudest moments, how they hope to make a difference in their students’ lives, and the most important lessons they try to teach their students. Read the full article—and thanks to SBO+ for providing NAfME members with complimentary subscriptions.

Here are the “Directors Who Make a Difference” who are NAfME members*:

Lyn Alberty West MS SD
Donny Alexander Zachary HS LA
Kelley Burroughs Ocoee MS TN
Aimee Bushy South Burlington HS VT
Kristen Candland Desert Hills MS UT
Michele Contrearas Classen School of Advanced Studies MS OK
Amanda Cornet Fishers JR HS IN
Jennifer Edwards Ichabod Crane HS NY
Dylan Ford Dakota Ridge HS CO
Michael Fraley Don Estridge High Teach MS FL
Adam Freeman Hackettstown HS NJ
Robert Glassrock Tallassee HS AL
Joan Grover Flinthills HS KS
Kelly Hanson Mount Pleasant HD DE
Matt Koacek Campo Verde HS AZ
Josha Krohn Brent Elementary Washington DC
Samantha Leali Shenango HS PA
Tyler North Sandia HS NM
Leah Purdy North Platte HS NE
David Ratliff Madison Southern HS KY
Nancy Richardson Cranston HS West RI
Jonathan Roode Eastwood HS OH
Jeff Sands MN State Community and Tech College MN
Kathleen Schiafone Kempsville HS VA
Jana Schweigert South Heart Public School ND
James Seda Southwest Dekalb HS GA
Megan Shultz Glacier MS WA
Kyle Smith Westbrook HS ME
Cliff St. Clair Sheldon HS IA
Connor Sullivan Torrington HS CT
Lisa Sundquist Great Falls HS MT
Julienne Thornell Hanover MS MA
Jarverique Tinsley AC Flora SC
Estela Torres Guernsey Paintbrush ES WY
Andrea von Oeyen Oyster River Middle and High School NH
Tammy White Kiser MS NC
Jeremy Zander Mountainside HS OR

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

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