Young Music Educator of the Year Award

The NMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator award is given in recognition of outstanding promise in music education. Please see the application for additional criteria and selection process 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 been teaching between three and seven years. 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 be actively teaching in Nebraska. 

3. The nominee must be in their third through seventh year of 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 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, and promise for sustaining contributions to the field of music education?
  • In what ways does the nominee evidence excellence in music-making?
  • How does the nominee develop and sustain growth within his/her program?
  • How has the nominee’s teaching made an impact on students?
  • How has the nominee shown motivation toward professional growth and involvement?
Submit Your Nomination

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS:

YEAR  

 RECIPIENT            

 RECIPIENT'S SCHOOL     

 2021

 Frank Stroup

 Lincoln Public Schools

 2020

 Brian Nelsen

 Elkhorn Ridge Middle School

 2019

 Katie Brauer Morris

 Elliott Elementary, Lincoln

 2018

 Megan O'Brien

 Zeman Elementary, Lincoln

 2017

 Maureen Beck

 Fairbury High School

 2016

 Tyler Gruttemeyer

 Omaha South High School

 2014

 Joshua R. F. Harris

 Shickley Public Schools

 2013

 Blake Thompson

 Harvard Public Schools

 2012

 Tye Hanke

 Bennington Jr/Sr High School

 2011

 Lindsay Lund

 Kearney Catholic High School

 2009

 Brittany Rom

 Millard South High School

 2008

 Kylee Bruce

 Wood River Rural School

 2007

 Curtis Isaacson

 Omaha Northwest High School 

 2006

 Nathan Metschke

 Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools

 2005

 Jennifer Orvis

 Plattsmouth Schools

 2004

 Andy Walters

 Papillion-LaVista Schools

 2003

 Brandy Hirschbrunner

 Plattsmouth Schools

 2002

 David Sackschewsky

 Grand Island Northwest High School

 1999

 Nolan Schmit

 Syracuse/Dunbar/Avoca Schools