Music Specialist, Andover Elementary School, Orlando, FL.
I believe FEMEA is a vital part of music education in Florida. Our organization has a robust tradition of providing world-class professional development opportunities, a strong voice in Arts Education advocacy efforts, is a recognized leader in innovative ways to assess student progress, and plays an essential role in supporting new and veteran music educators in Florida. As President, my role will be to continue to support and to expand this organization which has played such an important role not only in my professional life, but also the lives of so many of you, my colleagues and friends. I am passionate about life-long learning, which I see as absolutely essential for professional educators. Each one of us must continue to find ways to educate parents, administrators, school boards, and governmental policy makers about the importance of the Arts in the lives of our students. As professional educators we must continue to seek the best methods to evaluate student progress within our classrooms, so that we can provide our students with the most comprehensive music education possible.
Music Teacher, The Villages Elementary of Lady Lake in Lake County
I believe strongly in collaboration and sharing among those in our specialized area. We are stronger as a whole. It is important that we educate ourselves and our administration about how music fits into evaluation rubrics that were originally not designed for our subject area. We need to advocate for ourselves and our students, and that can only be done when we are a united group. We are each empowered with the important responsibility of molding the future of music in our world, providing the musical foundation for our students and forming their attitudes about the arts. Through all the changes and state mandates, we must be careful not to lose the passion that drives us, and I believe FEMEA plays an important role in keeping that passion alive.