Kathy Anderson, Strings and Orchestra teacher at both the Highlands Middle School and Highlands High School, was recently recognized for her excellence in teaching at a state level by being named the 2018 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Middle School Teacher of the Year Award winner.
This prestigious award is given annually at the KMEA General Assembly meeting which was held this year on February 9 at the Galt House in Louisville. At that assembly meeting, Anderson was awarded the Educator of the Year award by KMEA President Terry Thompson for her work with the Highlands Middle School Chamber Orchestra.
Anderson began teaching at Highlands High School 10 years ago and teaches 6th-12th graders a string orchestra class, a 6th-8th grade Chamber Orchestra at HMS, and the Sinfonia and HHS Chamber Orchestra at the high school. She has also taught at Johnson Elementary while building the HMS strings program.
Anderson was nominated for the award by Dr. Amy Gillingham, Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras at Northern Kentucky University. After her nomination, Anderson was then chosen from all the nominees to represent District 6 at the KMEA Awards, where she won the statewide award.
Says Anderson of her nomination, “I was quite surprised; I think that every teacher is fantastic and should be named Teacher of the Year.”
The KMEA has been in existence since 1907 with the goal of advocating on behalf of and providing education about Music and Music Educators. Dating back to 1985, per their website, they have been awarding educators of the year in various categories; Anderson joins a long list of prestigious music educators in the state. For more information on KMEA visit www.KMEA.org or for the Fort Thomas Schools visit www.FortThomas.KYSchools.us.
Congratulations to Kathy Anderson on her prestigious award.