KMEA District 7 salutes three educators from FCPS
Three educators in Fayette County Public Schools received awards during the 2020 fall meeting of District 7 members of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, held virtually Sept. 9 because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Congratulations to:
- Kelly Diamond -- Citation for Service
- Michelle Hudson -- Middle School Teacher of the Year
- Lori Bowen -- Outstanding Administrator of the Year
Diamond is band director at Carter G. Woodson Academy (grades 6-8), Lansdowne Elementary (grade 5) and Dixie Magnet Elementary (grade 5), and orchestra assistant at Bryan Station High School (grades 9-12). “I believe all students can do anything they set their mind to do. The art is getting them interested enough to want to do it!” he said. This is Diamond’s sixth year in FCPS and 14th year teaching, which is his second career. He is a retired military musician, having served 22 years combined in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and the 202nd Kentucky Army National Guard Band in Frankfort.
Hudson is the orchestra and guitar director at Jessie Clark Middle School (grades 6-8). “My goal is to help students connect to and grow their love of music through performing in a supportive classroom environment. I also want to support my colleagues and the field of music education by facilitating projects that positively impact teaching practices,” she said. This is Hudson’s ninth year at Jessie Clark and 14th year teaching. Her career began in Florida.
Bowen is a district-level director who oversees band and orchestra programs in FCPS. “I believe music education allows students to experience the mixture of creativity, discipline, expression, and a pursuit of personal and collaborative excellence. Our directors challenge and inspire. The work they do every day changes students’ lives,” she said. Bowen has served 29 years in education, including four as support for band and orchestra.
(Posted Sept. 15, 2020)