3 Edmond music teachers honored as exemplary

Three Edmond Public Schools music teachers will be honored as exemplary teachers Thursday at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association's winter conference banquet in Tulsa. They are among 10 public and private teachers receiving the award.
BY SUSAN PARKS-SCHLEPP Published: January 16, 2014

Three Edmond teachers will receive Oklahoma Music Educators Association exemplary teacher awards Thursday at the association's winter conference banquet in Tulsa.

Santa Fe High School director of bands Mike Lowery, Sequoyah Middle School orchestra teacher Diane Berger and Cross Timbers Elementary School music teacher Leah McDonald are among 10 public and private teachers receiving the award.

The award is given to music teachers in Oklahoma who have demonstrated a mastery of music education through the production of exemplary performing organizations and/or individual music students.

“These educators are very deserving of this recognition,” Edmond Superintendent David Goin said. “They have inspired countless students to embrace the arts, shaped exceptional programs at their respective schools and together have amassed an impressive number of honors and awards for their performing groups.”

About the winners

In 1978, Berger started the orchestra program in Edmond, laying the groundwork for one of the largest and most successful programs in the state. She also has taught at Memorial and North high schools and the former eighth-grade center.

Under her baton, several orchestras have earned superior ratings at state competition. In addition, all three high school orchestras are regularly honored with Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association sweepstakes awards.

Berger received the Oklahoma American String Teacher of the Year award in 2002 and the distinguished service award from Edmond Public Schools.

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