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2023 Annual Awards for Excellence Recipients


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Laura Allison, Ridge Ruxton School, Baltimore County

Laura Allison is in her 16th year of teaching. She has taught at the elementary level and at a school for children with disabilities. She has been nominated for Teacher of the Year three times, accepted a teacher’s union recognition award, and has received multiple music grants. She leads teacher sessions about adapting music instruction for students with disabilities and wrote an adapted curriculum. She has a passion for ensuring that ALL students have access to high quality music instruction. 

Elizabeth Babylon, Sudlersville Middle School, Queen Anne's County

Betsy Babylon holds degrees from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Peabody Institute of Music, Music Education from Penn State, and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Kansas. This helped Babylon serve a diverse group of learners specializing in multi-sensory learning at Radcliffe Creek School prior to joining QACPS, where she created the first ever middle school Strings Program with Principal Rob Watkins. Betsy enjoys playing the piano, viola, and has three adorable children.

Malcolm Bratcher Jr., Pocomoke Elementary School, Worcester County

Malcolm Bratcher is a 5th year teacher at Pocomoke Elementary School. Malcolm is a graduate of Salisbury University where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and is currently completing his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Beyond the classroom, Malcolm also teaches two after-school academies, Broadway Kids, a musical theater class, and Piano Prodigies, helping students learn to play the piano. In addition, he also hosts a youth musical theatre summer camp.

Susan Eckerle, Thomas S. Wootton High School, Montgomery County

Educator, conductor, and clinician, Susan Eckerle earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and Master of Arts, Performance (Conducting) from California State University, Fresno. She has taught for 28+ as a band director in Mississippi, Hawaii, and Maryland public schools. She brings an energetic and enthusiastic approach to her teaching, keeping the students at the forefront of her work.

Lauren Walker, Broadneck High School, Anne Arundel County

Mrs. Walker is the lead vocal teacher for the Apex Arts Magnet Program at Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County and Artistic Director of the All Children's Chorus of Annapolis. A dedicated professional, Mrs. Walker is in high demand as a guest conductor in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is passionate about music literacy and the mental health of her students and believes building strong relationships is vital to the success of her ensembles.

Grace White, Colgate Elementary School, Baltimore County

Grace White, coined Ms. Blue by her students because of her blue hair, is a music teacher in Baltimore County. She has taught vocal music at Colgate Elementary since she graduated St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2015. A few years into her career, she began making kid-friendly-but-not-just-for-kids songs and videos to help her students learn. She is thrilled to now see them being used outside of her classroom and looks forward to conducting a new piece at the BCPS Choral Festival this spring.

John Wixted, Mardela Middle and High School, Wicomico County

John Wixted (JW), is honored to be receiving this recognition. JW is the choir and theatre director at Mardela Middle & High School in Wicomico County of the Eastern Shore, where he teaches 6-12 graders in a variety of honors and non-performing choirs, general music, acting, and musical theatre classes, a female show choir, drama club, and Tri-M. Beyond MMHS JW is the Vice President of ESCDA, was a founding member and is currently on the executive board for Wicomico's All-County Musical.


Lynnette Moore, Mount View Middle School, Howard County 

Lynnette Moore is the very proud Principal of Mount View Middle School in Howard County. Ms. Moore often shares how blessed she is to have her office close to the Related Arts hallway so she can hear students performing all day. Ms. Moore is humbled by the MMEA’s Award of Excellence recognition because she works with a Music Department that truly lives her motto of “Value the Content, Love the Student.” They provide an environment of exploration, education, and excellence. #Samakajo

Rob Watkins, Sudlersville Middle School, Queen Anne's County

Rob Watkins has spent 22 years with QACPS as a Math Teacher, Teacher Specialist, Asst Principal, Supervisor of Mathematics, and Principal at Sudlersville Middle School. He has a Bachelor's in Mathematics, and an M.Ed in Leadership. Rob resides in Ridgely, MD with his beautiful wife Nicole, and two wonderful daughters Evie and Katie. As an educator, Rob is passionate about inspiring students to find their passion and be lifelong learners, developing the first ever QACPS Strings Program at SMS.  



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Dara Case, Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts School, Prince George's County

Mrs. Case has been serving the students and teachers of Prince George’s County since 2004. She has worked to reduce barriers to music education while welcoming early career educators into her classroom. She asks tough questions on the way to finding solutions, and most recently testified before the Accountability and Implementation Board on the vital need to protect funding for all arts education in the state of Maryland. At the heart of her career is her love for students, past and present. 


Melvin Miles, Jr.,  Morgan State University, Retired 

Melvin N. Miles, Jr., is the former Director of University Bands and Instructor of Music at Morgan State University. He taught Instrumental Music, Brass and Woodwind Methods, Instrumental Music Repertoire, Conducting and served as the Wind, Percussion and String Faculty Coordinator. Melvin served on the Morgan State University faculty from 1973 to 2022. He is a member of the CBDNA, NAfME, MMEA, MBDA, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Melvin Miles resides in Baltimore with his wife Cathy.

Jim Wharton, Baltimore County, Retired 

Jim Wharton inspires students to excel in music and to share their joy of music with others. In addition to leading highly successful ensembles, he founded the first school steel band in the state. Since then, over twenty school steel band programs have been formed in Maryland. In his honor, the Catonsville HS auditorium was named “Wharton Hall,” and dedicated to “a music teacher and director whose spirit has and will continue to make music ‘much more than just playing notes and rhythms." 

Frühere Preisträger

Hervorragender Musikpädagoge*


Andrea Cameron, Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County
Carol Cox, Bodkin Grundschule, Anne Arundel County
Jana Davis Hobbs, Wicomico High School, Wicomico County
Allen Kessell, Franklin High School, Baltimore County


Sarah Burton, North Salisbury Elementary School, Bennett Middle School, Parkside High School, James M. Bennett High School, Wicomico County
Emily James, South Shore Grundschule, Anne Arundel County
Randine Levy, Roberto Clemente Middle School, Montgomery County
David Matchim, Centennial High School, Howard County
Lisa Adams, Berliner Mittelschule, Worcester County


Kenneth Dasher, Pittsville Elementary and Middle School, Wicomico County
Paul Heinemann, Rocky Hill Middle School, Montgomery County
Anne Marie Patterson, Theodore Davis
  Mittelschule, Charles County
Thomas K. Pierre, Jr., Glassmanor Grundschule, Prince Georges County
James Woomert, Atholton High School, Howard County


Lewis Dutrow
Doug Miles
Lynn Staininger

Hervorragender Schuladministrator*

2020 - John Taylor, Cabin John Middle School, Montgomery County
2019 - Matthew Record, Pocomoke Middle School, Worcester County
2018 - Jazmin G. Lawhorn, Crofton Grundschule, Anne Arundel County
2017 - Chris Rattay

Beispielhaftes MMEA/NAfME-Musikprogramm*

2020 - Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Prince George's County
2018 - Homestead-Wakefield-Grundschule, Harford County
2017 - Ellicott Mills Middle School, Howard County

Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award











Rosemary & James Walters Service-Auszeichnung




The Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award

2020 – Todd J. Burroughs

2019 – Scott Herman

2018 – Michael L. Mark

2017 – Anita Lambert

2013 – Nancy S. Grasmick

2012 – C. Nelson Fritts

2011 – Richard J. Deasy

2010 – Katherine A. Rodeffer

2009 – Joan Orcutt

2005 – Linda Patton

2004 – Chris Tuel

2002 – Mary Ellen Cohn

1999 – Barbara F. King

1998 – Phyllis T. Kaplan

1998 – Roger J. Folstrom

1997 – James L. Tucker, Jr.

1996 – Mary Ann Mears

1995 – Rosa Fletcher Crocker

1994 – Karen Douglas

The Rosemary & James Walters Service Award

2020 - Janet Gross

2017 – Ginny Flynn

2015 – Sally Wagner

2014 – James L. Türk

2013 – Jan Strevig

2012 – Deborah Turner

2011 – Howard L. Miskimon

2011 – Sabra C. Steward

2010 – Mabel Leonore Sawhill

2004 – Richard A. Disharoon

2003 – Chrystie L. Adams

2002 – Thomas W. Fugate

MMEA Hall of Fame

2020 — Charles Haslup (posthum)

2019 – Chris Vadala (posthum)

2018 – Gilbert A. Brungardt (posthum)

2014 – Dana Rothlisberger

2013 – Ray Danner

2012 – Cherie Stellaccio

2012 – C. Scott Sharnetzka

2011 – Lee Stevens

2010 – Bruce D. Wilson

2009 – Leone Y. Woodall

2008 – Richard A. Disharoon

2008 – James L. Tucker, Jr.

2007 – Olivia W. Gutoff

2006 – Mary Ellen Cohn

2006 – John Wakefield

2005 – Barbara F. King

2005 – Michael L. Mark

2004 – Roger J. Folstrom

2004 – Phyllis R. Kaplan

2003 – Schlacht von Leroy

2003 – Glenn Patterson

2000 – Mildred B. Trevvett

1999 – Nancy M. Cook

1999 – Sr. Mary Theresine Staub SSND

1998 – Maurice R. Feldman

1997 – Clarence T. Rogers

1996 – James H. Avampato

1996 – Carmelo J. Palazzo

1995 – David Marchand

1995 – W. Warren Sprouse

1994 – Shirley J. Shelley

1994 – Donald Regier

1994 – Mildred R. Reiner

1995 – David Marchand

1995 – W. Warren Sprouse

1994 – Shirley J. Shelley

1994 – Donald Regier

1994 – Mildred R. Reiner

1993 – Thomas W. Fugate

1993 – C. William Johnson

1993 – Michael Pastelak

1992 – Blanche F. Bowlsbey

1992 – Joseph F. Chalker

1992 – James L. Fisher

1991 – John Fignar jr.

1990 – Robert E. Kersey

1990 – Dorothy S. Pickard

1989 – Alice S. Beer

1989 – Thomas R. Lawrence

1989 – Corwin H. Taylor

1988 – Margaret Black
1988 – Robert S. Bolles
1988 – David Burchuck
1988 – Frances Jackman Civis
1988 – John Cole
1988 – Mary G. Kreuz
1988 – John Denues
1988 – Nicholas Geriak
1988 – Thomas L. Gibson
1988 – Rose Marie Grentzer
1988 – S. Fenton Harris
1988 – Miriam Hoffmann
1988 – Mary M. Hunter
1988 – John Itzel
1988 – Henrietta Baker Low
1988 – Otto Ortmann
1988 – Philip S. Royer
1988 – Osmar Steinwald
1988 – Charles CT Stull
1988 – Eugene W. Troth
1988 – Homer Ulrich
1988 – C. James Velie
1988 – Levi Wilder
1988 – Dorothy Willison
1988 – William Llewelyn Wilson

*We are working to complete these lists and will update them as we can.

Hervorragender Musikpädagoge


Dieser Preis würdigt und ehrt Musikpädagogen für ihren herausragenden Dienst an den Musikstudenten an öffentlichen, privaten oder unabhängigen Schulen im Bundesstaat Maryland. Diese Auszeichnungen werden jährlich verliehen.


Hervorragender Schuladministrator
Mit diesem Preis sollen die Nicht-Kunst-Administratoren gewürdigt werden, die Musikbefürworter und -unterstützer sind und mit dem Musikteam zusammenarbeiten, um unglaubliche Musikprogramme für ihre Schulen und Gemeinden zu entwickeln. Dieser Preis kann jährlich verliehen werden.

Beispielhaftes MMEA/NAfME-Musikprogramm
Mit diesem Preis sollen herausragende Musikprogramme gewürdigt werden. Die Auszeichnung hängt davon ab, inwieweit das Programm den in der NAfME-Publikation The School Music Program: Description and Standards festgelegten Standards entspricht. Teilnahmeberechtigt ist jede Schule, die die Auszeichnung innerhalb der letzten fünf Jahre nicht erhalten hat.

Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award
Dieser Preis soll eine Person würdigen, die einen bedeutenden Beitrag zur musikalischen Bildung der Jugend von Maryland geleistet hat, sei es als Lehrer, Administrator, Elternteil, Industrievertreter, Künstler oder in anderer Funktion. Der Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award wurde 1993 zum Gedenken an Dr. Corwin H. Taylor (1905-1992), einen bekannten Musiker, Komponisten, Autor und Pädagogen, ins Leben gerufen. Dr. Taylor, ein aktives Mitglied der Music Educators National Conference (jetzt National Association for Music Education, NAfME) und der Maryland Music Educators Association, war von 1945 bis 1968 Supervisor of Instrumental Music für das Baltimore Public School-System und Fakultätsmitglied an von 1968 bis 1976 an der University of Maryland at College Park. Er wird immer für seinen großen Einfluss auf das Leben und die Karriere seiner Studenten und Kollegen in Erinnerung bleiben. Der Preis kann jährlich verliehen werden.


Rosemary und James Walters Award für Verdienste
Mit diesem Preis soll eine Person gewürdigt werden, die einen bedeutenden Beitrag zur Maryland Music Educators Association geleistet hat. Der Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service to the Maryland Music Educators Association wurde 2001 zum Gedenken an Rosemary und James Walters ins Leben gerufen. Ihre Lehrerkarriere war in Maryland und erstreckte sich über 30 Jahre bis zu einem tragischen Unfall im April 2001. Jim unterrichtete Instrumentalmusik, zuletzt an der Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County, während Rosemary Chormusik unterrichtete. Gemeinsam prägten sie die Essenz der Unterstützung des Musikpädagogik-Berufs. Sie unterstützten ihre jungen und erfahrenen Kollegen und unterstützten jede berufliche Tätigkeit des Vereins und der Schulmusikgemeinschaft. Jim diente als MBDA-Präsident, aber sein Beitrag beschränkte sich nicht auf Bandaktivitäten. Rosemary verließ schließlich das Klassenzimmer, um sich ganz der Kirchenmusik zu widmen, aber ihr Engagement als Ersatzmusiklehrerin und als Begleiterin ging weiter. Bei fast jeder MMEA-Veranstaltung war es typisch, dass Jim und Rosemary ihre Hilfe anboten, wenn sie nicht „im Dienst“ waren und alles taten, was zu tun war. Der Preis kann jährlich verliehen werden.

Diese Auszeichnung soll eine Person für hervorragende Leistungen in der Lehre und/oder Verwaltung, Beiträge und Verbesserungen in der Musikausbildung, Verbesserung des Berufs durch vorbildliche Dienste oder Handlungen, Berufsämter, Veröffentlichungen, Auszeichnungen, Anerkennungen, Leistungen und berufliche Ideale und akademische Integrität.

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