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SGFHS Music Teacher Betsy Stambach-Fuller Named Quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award

July 7, 2020

SGFCSD Teacher Betsy Stambach-FullerSouth Glens Falls High School Music Teacher Betsy Stambach-Fuller was named a quarterfinalist for the 2021 Music Educator Award™, presented by the Recording Academy™ and GRAMMY Museum® for the second time in two years. A total of 216 music teachers from 199 different cities were named quarterfinalists from a pool of 2,000 initial nominations and 91 legacy applicants from 2020.

“I am once again deeply humbled and honored to receive this recognition. Thanks to the overwhelming support from our administration, Board of Education, and community, South Glens Falls has developed a vibrant, passionate, and innovative music program. I am so grateful to be a contributing member but am most thankful for the opportunity to nurture and support such kind and enthusiastic students.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, the recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2021.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

“Betsy’s contribution to our school district is hard to measure,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “She is a constant crusader for all students in our district and brings joy to so many different corners of our school community because of that. Her work during this year’s extended school closures was a sustaining presence in a difficult time.”

“I don’t know if I have seen a more energetic presence in terms of passion for a subject area and for working with kids. She is a magnet of enthusiasm and a true asset to our high school,” said High School Principal Pete Mody.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students’ lives. The eighth annual honoree will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® and a range of GRAMMY Week events.

The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants and 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

The semifinalists will be announced in September.

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