NFHS Outstanding Music Educator Award

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is a state member of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and presents this award on their behalf. Nominations are based upon outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic music by high school or collegiate music educators. The award was first presented in 1989 and the winner is announced each year at NMEA's annual Conference/Clinic.

The 2022 NFHS Outstanding Music Educator of the Year

DORAN JOHNSON OF WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

Doran Johnson of Omaha Westside High School has been named Nebraska’s National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) 2022-23 Outstanding Music Educator of the Year.

Johnson was nominated for the NFHS award by the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) in collaboration with the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA). Nominations are based upon outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic music by high school or college music educators.  The NFHS Outstanding Music Educator Award was first given in 1989.   

Johnson obtained his Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska - Omaha.  Johnson’s career began in Grundy Center, Iowa in 1988 teaching 6-12 vocal music. In 1998 Johnson moved to Omaha Westside High School to lead the 9-12 vocal department.

Johnson’s primary goals have remained constant through 35 years of teaching. He prides himself in using music to make a difference in the lives of his students and inspire them to reach excellence in their personal lives.  Additionally, Johnson strives to motivate his students to enjoy their music journey, whether the novice or mastery experience. He is known for creating an environment where students can become leaders and provide a voice in the learning process. Johnson was honored with the award at the Nebraska Music Educators Association annual awards banquet held on November 17th. 

NEBRASKA'S NFHS MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD WINNERS SINCE 2002

2002 - Bryan Johnson, Oakland-Craig High School
2003 - Dean Dahlke, Bertrand High School
2004 - Gene Torrens, Elkhorn High School
2005 - Dr. Michelle Bluford, Elkhorn High School
2006 - Fred Ritter, Columbus High School
2007 - Sharon Hoffman, Bayard Public Schools
2008 - Byron Braasch, Lewis & Clark Middle School
2009 - Stan Johnson, Shickley Public Schools
2010 - Dave Klein, Kearney Public Schools
2011 - Cheri Helmer-Riensche, Papillion-La Vista South High School
2012 - William Reichert, Broken Bow High School
2013 - Cheri Helmer-Riensche, Regional Winner, Papillion-La Vista South
2013 - Rita Stinner, Western Nebraska Community College
2014 - Rex Barker, Millard South High School
2015 - Patricia Ritchie, Millard West High School
2016 - Denise Cotton, Lincoln Southwest High School
2017 - Tom Jaworski, Regional Winner, Adams Central High School
2018 - Debbie Martinez, Millard North High School
2019 - Brad Ronne, Scottsbluff High School
2020 - Del Whitman, Lincoln East High School
2021 - Dr. Lance Nielsen, Lincoln Public Schools
2022 - Doran Johnson, Westside High School

.