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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fort Thomas Resident Receives Award for Excellence in Music Education

Fort Thomas is the home of many accomplished educators.  This year one more Fort Thomas resident has had her name added to the ranks of the coveted Teacher of the Year recipients. Mrs. Nancy Bailey was named the 2013 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Teacher of the Year.

A 20-year educator, Nancy Bailey teaches 210 students at Woodland Middle School in Kenton County. Her students range in age from the sixth and eighth grade.

Mrs. Nancy Bailey

I asked Nancy what she enjoys most about teaching?

She said, “I really love getting to know young people and helping them grow through music, regardless of their abilities.  When we were rehearsing on stage for a recent concert one of my students blurted out at the end of a song, "Oh my gosh!  I forgot we are actually in school!"  That was a highlight of the term for me, to think that through our music she was transported!”

After teaching for two decades Nancy’s hard work with her students and dedication to her craft was finally recognized. I asked Nancy how honored she feels winning this prestigious award?

Nancy graciously answered, “Normally I like to be the behind the scenes person, but I've discovered with this that it does feel nice to be recognized for my work. I feel especially honored because every music teacher I know works hard to help their students succeed every day.“

Teachers are not recognized or thanked often enough for the time and devotion that they dedicate to students young and old.  Nancy Bailey is a benchmark educator who can “transport” her students through her passion for music.  

There are teachers that had incredible influences on my education. I know a lot of our readers share similar memories with me and know the importance of having such influential teachers in their lives. Nancy Bailey joins the class of educators that influence and inspire us.

Fort Thomas is lucky to be the home of the 2013 Kentucky Music Educators Association Teacher of the Year. Please join Fort Thomas Matters is congratulating Mrs. Nancy Bailey in her outstanding achievement!

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