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WCSD Music Educator Honored with RPO Musicians' Award

Webster Central School District (WCSD) announces that Stephanie Jones, vocal/general music educator at State Road Elementary School, was among local honorees presented with the 2018 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educators. Mrs. Jones was named outstanding Classroom Music Specialist (General Music K-12) for her 32 years of teaching at State Road Elementary School. She was presented with her award during the RPO’s May 10 concert at the Eastman Theatre.

“I treasure my connections with our State Road community and love inviting my former students who have gone on with music as a career to come back and share their joys and successes,” said Mrs. Jones. “My students inspire me to make my classroom a place where they can create, challenge themselves, and grow. I get to do it by using music as my tool to nurture them…how wonderful is that?”  

Founded in 1988, the Awards’ purpose is to honor outstanding music educators through the presentation of annual awards and to enhance the understanding and communication between the professional musicians of the RPO and the music educators of the Rochester area.  Area school district administrators, educators, parents, and students submit nominations that are then reviewed by a committee of community educators and RPO musicians. Each year, five outstanding local music educators are chosen.

"WCSD’s Fine Arts Department is proud to have Stephanie's leadership and passion for music education in our classrooms since 1986,” said WCSD Director of Fine Arts Michael Roller. “She continually strives to enrich her classroom with experiences and opportunities that will allow students to see ways to interact with music, both in and out of school. Stephanie seeks to innovate her own skills and keeps the spark for educating students open to new ideas. Students love coming to Mrs. Jones' classroom, knowing that they will share the joy of making music and find how music connects us to our community and our world."
 
Stephanie Jones, State Road ES music educator
Stephanie Jones, Honoree. 2018 RPO Musicians' Award for Outstanding Music Educators
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