Orchestra director named Outstanding Educator of the Year
Nathan Wilson, orchestra director at Leestown Middle School, received the 2020 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (grades K-12) from the Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. KY ASTA congratulated him at its Feb. 7 luncheon at the Bristol Grille in Louisville. “I didn’t think that people on the state level were noticing the growth we’ve been making at Leestown. I was genuinely surprised and very gratified to be recognized with this award by my colleagues,” he said.
Wilson, who is in his 13th year at Leestown, also teaches at Sandersville Elementary. “My goal in the classroom is to provide sincere and thoughtful encouragement to all of the students and to encourage them to value each other,” he said. “We should never let our students’ social and economic circumstances determine their musical goals.”
In addition, Wilson has over 30 years of experience performing for country dances regionally and across the country. He plays double bass with the Lexington Community Orchestra and local jazz ensembles, and he has served as music director at his church since 1998.
Wilson received his Master of Music in Composition and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and his bachelor’s in Music from Berea College. He is an active member of KY ASTA and the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), serving as the district chair. He presented clinics at the KMEA state conference in 2017 and 2020, and he earned District 7’s Middle School Music Teacher of the Year honors in 2017.