Award Recipients

2017-18 Outstanding Choir Teacher (High School) (tie)
Laura VanLeeuwen, Olathe West HS, 17 years
Pam Williamson, Olathe Northwest High School, 26 years

Outstanding Orchestra Teacher (High School)
Greg Ferguson, Olathe South HS, 30+ years

Outstanding Band Teacher (High School)
Daniel Freeman, 12 years at Blue Valley North High School

Outstanding Middle Level Band Director
Aimee DeSotel, Eisenhower MS (KCK) band/orchestra 6-8, 11 years, middle level band

Outstanding Middle Level Choir Director
Erin Stewart, Prairie Trail Middle School (Olathe), 16 years

Outstanding Middle Level Orchestra Director
Jennifer Klinkenberg, Prairie Trail Middle School, 17 years

Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher
Fred Zimmerman, Frank Rushton Elementary KCK, 25 years

Outstanding Honor Administrator
Jon Pfau, Superintendent of Oskaloosa Public Schools, USD #341

Outstanding Young Educators of the Year
  • Teresa Edgar, Strings Teacher at Washington High School, Bethel, JFK, & White Church Elementary Schools in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • Joel Wagoner, Assistant Director of Bands at Blue Valley North High School and 5th Grade Beginning Band Instructor at Valley Park and Mission Trail Elementary Schools.
2016-17 High School Band - Avian Bear
High School Choir - Jason Sickel
Middle Level Band - Stuart O'Neil
Middle Level Choir - Gretchen Harrison
Elementary Band - Chris Reynolds
Elementary Choir - Lisa Tironi

Outstanding Young Band Director
Robert Davis, Director of Bands at Olathe Northwest High School

Outstanding Young Choir Director
Erin Buffum, Director of Choirs at Baldwin Middle and High Schools

Outstanding Young Elementary Educator
Molli Haller, Elementary Music Teacher at State Street Elementary School, Topeka

Outstanding Young Orchestra Director
Judy Erpelding, Orchestra Director at Free State High School