Council for Innovations


Anne Fennell

Anne Fennell (2016-2018 and 2018-2020)
Oceanside, CA

Anne Fennell is the Creative Arts Chair and Instrumental and Music Composition Teacher at Mission Vista High School in Vista, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, a Masters in Leadership Studies, Orff-Schulwerk certification for levels I, II, and III and has additional training and certifications in world music studies, Character Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Her experiences include 31 years of teaching K-8 integrated arts and music, leading performance ensembles in civic and professional organizations and national conferences, including the annual NAMM Board of Directors meeting (2013 & 2016), and teaching three levels of both steel drum ensembles and music composition through technology, grades 9-12.  Her ensembles have been featured in both InTune Monthly and NAfMEs Teaching Music magazines.

She is a recognized presenter and clinician at professional conferences and workshops at local, regional, and national levels, including ISME, AOSA, the National Parent-Teacher Association, Tennessee Arts Academy, NAfME, TMEA, TI:ME, and numerous music education conferences throughout the United States. She supported beginning teachers in multiple subjects through the California Beginning Teachers Assessment program and was also an invited speaker for the U.S. Department of Education’s Research to Best Practice Conference in Washington D.C.. In the fall of 2015, Anne was a keynote speaker at the first China Conference for Music Education in Shanghai, addressing the Whole Musician, followed by workshops in music composition.  In 2016 she was chosen as a top 10 Finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, received California Music Educators Association’s for Innovation in Music Education (2017), California Music Educators Association’s SBS Innovation in Music Education (2016), Illuminating Culture Award (2013), Outstanding Music Educator Award, Southern Border Section (2008), and Teacher of the Year in Vista Unified School District. In March of 2017 Anne was chosen as the Magnet School Teacher of the Year, Region 8, USA., and in May of 2017 she was honored as the National Magnet School Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Fennell has made advocacy presentations and served as a consultant for school districts on assessment, standards-based curriculum, creativity and composition, and integrated arts programs. Her publications include titles from Pearson Education and Silver Burdett, MusicVentures created with a U.S. Dept. of Education research grant in conjunction with NAMM, Disney – Baby and Little Einsteins, Labels for Education: Discovery Through Music with the GRAMMY Foundation, and K-12 integration connections for the Roots of Rhythm curriculum. She was a Sub-Committee Music Writing Team member for the National Core Arts Music Standards and is 2017-2019 member of the NAfME General Music Education Council and the 2018-2020 Chair for the NAfME Innovations Council.


Division Representatives  :

Jamie Stroffolino

Eastern Division Representative
Jamie Stroffolino (2018-2020)
Wappingers Falls, NY


North Central Division Representative
Jessica Shaw (2019-2021)
Fort Wayne, IN



Northwest Division Representative
Randy Zschaechner (2018-2020)
Missoula, MT



Southern Division Representative
David A. Williams (2017-2019, 2019-2020* Reappointment)
Wesley Chapel, FL




Mike Quilling

Southwestern Division Representative
Michael Quilling (2016-2020)
Garden City, KS




C. Hulihan

Western Division Representative
Chuck Hulihan (2016-2019, 2019-2021 reappointment)
Peoria, AZ



Alyssa Jones (2018-2019, 2019-2020 reappointment)
Jamaica Plain, MA



Caron Collins (2018-2019, 2019-2020 reappointment)
Potsdam, NY


Jarritt Sheel (2018-2019, 2019-2020 reappointment)
Bronx, NY

*David A. Williams (2019-2020)

NAfME National Executive Board Liaison: Russ Sperling

Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of the years noted above.