Nearly Half of the 2022 Music Educator Award(TM) Quarterfinalists Are NAfME Members

Nearly Half of the 2022 Music Educator AwardTM 
Quarterfinalists Are NAfME Members

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

The Recording Academy™ and GRAMMY Museum® has announced 219 quarterfinalists for the 2022 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™, and of that number, 102 are currently members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)*. Nominations from 204 cities were submitted. In addition to the quarterfinalists, 189 legacy applicants from 2021 will also be eligible to win the award this year. 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 from kindergarten through college in public or private schools, the Music Educator Award honors teachers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Each year, a recipient is chosen from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students’ lives.” A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, the recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2022.

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The 2022 recipient will also be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 64th 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, all made possible by the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund.  The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. The National Association for Music Education supports this program through outreach to music education supporters.

Semifinalists will be announced in September.

Seven of the previous eight GRAMMY Music Educator honorees, Kent KnappenbergerJared CassedyPhillip RiggsKeith HancockMelissa SalgueroJeffery Redding, and Mickey Smith Jr. are NAfME members. The 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient is Jeffrey Murdock, associate professor of music at the University of Arkansas.

Learn more about the Music Educator AwardTM process. 

Below is a list of NAfME members who have been named quarterfinalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award. Click here for the full list of 219 quarterfinalists.

Jordan

Ford

Norwood Elementary School

Birmingham

Alabama

David

Allinder

Shades Valley High School

Helena

Alabama

David

Wiseman

Lexington School

Lexington

Alabama

Alicia

Moreno

Liberty Middle School

Madison

Alabama

Mike

Guzman

Hewitt-Trussville High School

Trussville

Alabama

Jerell

Horton

Vestavia Hills High School

Vestavia Hills

Alabama

Gwendolyn

Brazier

Barnette Magnet School

Fairbanks

Alaska

Julie

Trent

Glendale High School

Glendale

Arizona

Doris

Doyon

Norwalk High School

Long Beach

California

Tammy

Yi

Chapman University

Long Beach

California

Robert

Athayde

Stanley Middle School

Orinda

California

Ryan

Gonzales

James Monroe High School

Sylmar

California

Chris

Maunu

Arvada West High School

Arvada

Colorado

Shanti

Mae

Glenwood Springs High School

Glenwood Springs

Colorado

Michael

Linert

Westminster High School

Westminster

Colorado

Chris

Burkhart

Cape Henlopen High School

Milton

Delaware

Jody

Dunn

Crestview High School

Crestview

Florida

Monica

Leimer

DeLand High School

DeLand

Florida

Charles

Moorer

McArthur High School

Hollywood

Florida

Teresa

Cameron

Eastside Elementary School

Lake City

Florida

Edward

Ercilla

Doral Academy Preparatory

Miami

Florida

Vivian

Gonzalez

Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer

Miami

Florida

Jennifer

Jimenez

South Miami Sr. High School of the Arts

Miami

Florida

Shannon

Stem

University Academy

Panama City

Florida

Marcos

Rodriguez

Avant Garde Academy of Broward

Pembroke Pines

Florida

Edgar

Rubio

Silver Trail Middle

Pembroke Pines

Florida

Keith

Griffis

Walter L. Sickles High School

Tampa

Florida

Jonathan

Steltzer

Wayne County High School

Jesup

Georgia

Michael

Huebner

Kennesaw Mountain High School

Kennesaw

Georgia

Arthur

Wright,

Berkmar High School

Lilburn

Georgia

Brendan

Pitts

Berrien High School

Nashville

Georgia

Joshua

Boyd

Newnan High School

Newnan

Georgia

Today

Milford

Druid Hills Middle

Tucker

Georgia

Dwayne

DuBose

Burke County High School

Waynesboro

Georgia

Shirley

Van

North Star Charter School

Eagle

Idaho

Justin

Antos

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Frankfort

Illinois

Melissa

Gustafson-Hinds

O’Fallon Township High School

O’Fallon

Illinois

Michelle

Bade

Westview Elementary School

Muncie

Indiana

Bethany

Robinson

Noblesville High School

Noblesville

Indiana

Rebecca

Wand

New Castle High School

Anderson

Indiana

Heather

Dipasquale

Todd County Middle School

Elkton

Kentucky

Matthew

Hammond

Lawrence County High School

Louisa

Kentucky

Robert

Bertke

St. Francis School

Louisville

Kentucky

Billy

Hochkeppel

Southside High School

Youngsville

Louisiana

Christian

Giddings

Deering High School

Portland

Maine

Richard

McCready

River Hill High School

Columbia

Maryland

Peter

Perry

Richard Montgomery HS

Montgomery Village

Maryland

Christopher

Clark

Mt. Everett High School

Lee

Massachusetts

Michael

Coelho

Ipswich High School

Newburyport

Massachusetts

Yael

Rothfeld

Thurston Elementary School

Ann Arbor

Michigan

Elizabeth

Hering

Churchill High School

Livonia

Michigan

Nicholas

Gaudette

Edina High School

Minneapolis

Minnesota

David

Davis

Clear Springs Elementary

Minnetonka

Minnesota

Kathryn

Ananda-Owens

St. Olaf College

Northfield

Minnesota

Cherie

Bowe

Pascagoula High School

Gautier

Mississippi

Andrew

Smigielski

Forrest County Agricultural High School

Hattiesburg

Mississippi

Brian

Parrish

Parkway West High School

Ballwin

Missouri

Marissa

Kyser

Spokane R-VII High School

Nixa

Missouri

Derek

Limback

John F. Hodge High School

Rolla

Missouri

Ashleigh

Moffit

Gateway Science Academy Middle School

Saint Louis

Missouri

Dustin

Shrum

Central Visual and Performing Arts High School

St. Louis

Missouri

Christopher

Weddel

Yutan public schools

Omaha

Nebraska

Eric

McAllister

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

Las Vegas

Nevada

Robert

DeSantis

Millville Senior High School

Millville

New Jersey

Jordan

Peters

People’s Preparatory Charter School

Newark

New Jersey

Natalie

Kerr

Bloomfield High School

Rochelle Park

New Jersey

Shantavia

Burchette

East Side High School

Summit

New Jersey

Shawn

Silva

Oñate High School

Las Cruces

New Mexico

Nicole

Davidson

Susan E. Wiley Elementary

Copiague

New York

Nicole

Mihalek

Centre Avenue School

Deer Park

New York

Michael

Blostein

Averill Park High School

East Greenbush

New York

Andrew

Bennett

Fredonia High School

Fredonia

New York

Gregory

Bennett

Middletown High School

Middletown

New York

Lauren

Morabito

Hendrick Hudson High School

Montrose

New York

Kevin

Young

Enka High School

Candler

North Carolina

Tammy

White

Kiser Middle School

Greensboro

North Carolina

Darcy

Brandenburg

Davies High School

West Fargo

North Dakota

Christopher

Redd

Dover High School

Dover

Ohio

Thomas

DiNuoscio

Northeastern High School

Fairborn

Ohio

Lynn

Herbel

Moore High School

Moore

Oklahoma

Tristianne

Asbury

Capitol Hill High School

Norman

Oklahoma

Sarah

Gulish

Lower Moreland High School

Huntingdon Valley

Pennsylvania

Adam

Nobile

Big Spring High School

Mechanicsburg

Pennsylvania

Michalee

Christy

Mercer High School

Mercer

Pennsylvania

Courtney

Powers

South Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

A.J.

Merlino

Albright College

Reading

Pennsylvania

Pamela

Lowell

Cranston High School East

Cranston

Rhode Island

Robert

Pettigrew

Westside High School

Anderson

South Carolina

Darrell

Boston

Loretto High School

Loretto

Tennessee

David

DePriest

MCGavock High School

Nashville

Tennessee

Matthew

Trevino

Roan Forest Elementary

San Antonio

Texas

Brandon

Larsen

Herriman High School

Herriman

Utah

Megan

LaRose

Mount Abraham Union High School

Bristol

Vermont

Wanda

Mitchell

Hampton High

Hampton

Virginia

Kyle

Cook

Western Branch Middle School

Portsmouth

Virginia

Jonathan

Boysen

Eastside Catholic School

Sammamish

Washington

John

Aguilar

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

Seattle

Washington

Andrew

Bowerly

Tenino High School

Tenino

Washington

James

Allder

Greenbrier East High School

Caldwell

West Virginia

Kati

Seiter

Oregon Middle School

Oregon

Wisconsin

JD

Cooney

Mayville High School

Sun Prairie

Wisconsin

Chris

Gleason

Patrick Marsh Middle School

Sun Prairie

Wisconsin

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

June 12, 2021. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)