Music Educator of the Year Award

Recipients of the prestigious NMEA Music Educator of the Year Award display excellence in every facet of music teaching in Nebraska. Please see the application form for additional criteria and nomination information. The application deadline is October 1 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

AWARD CRITERIA

The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor an NMEA member for excellence in music education who has completed at least seven years of teaching. Please be sure to read through the criteria as all materials are needed to submit your nomination.

1. The nominee must be an NMEA member.

2. The nominee must have completed at least seven years of teaching.

3. The nominee must be currently actively teaching.

4. A resume of the nominee must be included.

5. At least three letters of recommendation must accompany the official nomination. These must be collected by the primary nominator and forwarded with the official nomination form. The following sources should be represented:

  • An administrator from the nominee's current program
  • Another music educator
  • A current parent and/or student

Letters of recommendation should answer the following questions. Be brief but specific.

  • In what ways has the nominee demonstrated by example the basic principles and characteristics of an outstanding music educator?
  • In what ways does the nominee evidence excellence in music-making?
  • How does the nominee demonstrate an interest in the total music education program?
  • How has the nominee shown creativity, originality, and imagination as a music educator?
  • How has the nominee’s teaching made an impact on students, the school, and the community?
Submit Your Nomination

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS:

YEAR   

 RECIPIENT             

 RECIPIENT'S SCHOOL                     

 2021

 Jason Smith

 Wahoo Public Schools

 2020

 Danni Gilbert

 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 2019

 Sandra Murphy-Robb

 Palmyra High School

 2018

 Dorothy Ladman

 UNL/LPS String Project

 2017

 Peter Wilger

 Omaha Central High School

 2016

 Sue Springer

 Sunrise Middle School, Kearney

 2015

 Joni Osborn

 Lincoln North Star High School

 2014

 Priscilla K. Balasa

 Grand Island Central Catholic Schools

 2013

 Michael Koch

 Scottsbluff

 2012

 Doran Johnson

 Omaha Westside

 2011

 Randy Raines

 Gering Public Schools

 2010

 David Sackschewsky

 Grand Island Northwest High School

 2009

 Sandra (Tina) Whiston

 Lincoln Public Schools

 2008

 Deborah Mosier

 Catlin Elementary, Omaha Public School

 2007

 Stan Johnson

 Shickley Public School

 2006

 Sharon Hoffman

 Bayard Public School

 2005

 Michael Morris

 Crete High School

 2004

 Ryan Placek

 Bellevue East High School

 2003

 Joel Johnston

 Millard West High School

 2002

 Douglas Johnson

 Creighton Prep School

 2001

 Jim Schulz

 Lincoln Public Schools

 1999

 Mark Miller

 Omaha South High School

 1998  Jean McGee  Lexington Schools