After an extensive application, review, and interview process, NAfME selected a diverse group of teacher leaders for the CAN grant project. The teacher leaders are from a wide variety of states throughout the US; represent urban, suburban, and rural areas; work at the elementary, middle, and high school levels; and have band, chorus, general music, and orchestra backgrounds.  These teacher leaders are now part of their own professional learning community. They are preparing to lead their own PLCs starting in January 2024. Two additional music educator Teacher Leaders from New York City, who are already leading PLCs at the local level in New York City, are also working with NAfME’s group of teacher leaders.

Committee Members

Krissi Davis
Orchestra Director
Midtown High School
Atlanta, GA
Luana Palimetakis
Lead Music Teacher
Jesse Gurganus Elementary School
Havelock, NC
Jammie Phillips
Director of Bands
McKee Middle School
Montgomery, AL
Meghan Hickey
Choir Teacher
Old Orchard Junior High School
Skokie, IL
Michael S. Gordon
Music Educator
Middlebrook School
Wilton, CT
Summer Miller
Orchestra Teacher
Horace Good Middle School & Garden City High School
Garden City, KS
Tonya Suggs
Elementary Teacher
Wildwood Forest Elementary
Raleigh, NC
Wanda Vásquez Garcia
General Music Teacher
Escuela Binlingüe Pioneer
Lafayette, CO
Troy Williams
Director of Bands
Wilton High School
Wilton, CT
Kyla Davis
Music Teacher
Ben Franklin Elementary School
Harrisburg, PA
Alice Tsui
Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator
New Bridges Elementary
Brooklyn, NY
Ashleigh McDaniel Spatz
Music Teacher
Burgess-Peterson Academy
Atlanta, GA
Enoch Robbins
Music Teacher
W.B. Sweeney Elementary School
Willimantic, CT
Nathan Rødahl
Orchestra Director
Port Angeles High School
Port Angeles, WA
Catherine Plichta
Director of Instrumental Music
Theater Arts Production Company School
Bronx, NY
Kimberly Lorengo
K-12 Music Educator
Anaconda School District
Anaconda, MT
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