By Ian Hanigan
More than 7,000 nominations were submitted for the national award, which was established to spotlight K-12 teachers and college instructors who have made significant contributions to music education while helping to preserve its place in schools. The 222 announced as quarterfinalists this week are from 208 cities, fanned out across 41 states.
“This is an incredible honor, and I am blessed to be a part of a community that places such a high value on music education,” Blaney told the NewsFlash. “I love the diversity of our music program at Woodbridge and am grateful for our administration and parents, who have allowed me to create a vocal music program that provides students with opportunities to create, discover, and, as cliché as it sounds, find their voice.
“The students and faculty that I collaborate with each day are simply the best,” he said, “and they inspire me to be the best that I can be.”
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