KCKPS Teachers Honored for Excellence by Kansas Music Educators Association

December 6, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Each year, the northeast district of the Kansas Music Educators Association (NEKMEA) honors music teachers from across the northeast district in the state of Kansas. This year, three Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) teachers were recognized for excellence in teaching by NEKMEA. 

Bronwyn Short with award

Bronwyn Short, Cori Simmons and Michelle Sweeten were honored at a special ceremony on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas. Bronwyn Short is a woodwind specialist who serves all of the KCKPS secondary level band programs. Short received the award for Outstanding Young Music Educator. Cori Simmons was honored with the award for Outstanding Elementary Orchestra Teacher. Simmons teaches at J.C. Harmon High School and Frances Willard, Grant and Frank Rushton elementary schools. Michelle Sweeten is the orchestra director at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science. Sweeten was honored as the Outstanding Middle Level Orchestra Teacher by NEKMEA.

Cori Simmons with award

The qualifications for the Outstanding Young Music Educator are:

  • Must be a KMEA member in good standing 
  • Must have completed two years, but not more than nine years of teaching
  • Must have high professional and ethical standards 
  • Must have a commitment and dedication to his or her students
  • Must have met the needs and interests of students, having brought about positive results in learning
  • Must have enthusiasm for teaching, love for music, and a desire to further the musical education of his or her students
  • Must have shown motivation toward professional growth and development

The qualifications for the Outstanding Elementary Orchestra Teacher are:

  • Must have been in teaching for at least 10 years.
  • Must be a member of KMEA.
  • Their school's music program must have shown improvement and/or consistency over the years.

The qualifications for the Outstanding Middle Level Orchestra Teacher are:

  • Must have been in teaching for at least 10 years.
  • Must be a member of KMEA.
  • Their school's music program must have shown improvement and/or consistency over the years.

Michelle Sweeten with award

To learn more about KMEA awards, visit nekmea.org.

Photos of honorees available upon request.