Pioneer Middle School music teacher wins national award

By Kassandra Hornsby
February 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Pioneer Middle School music teacher Kim Hastings has won the 2019 Musicounts Teacher of the Year Award.

Established in 2005, dozens of nominations are received each year and the award pays tribute to the accomplishments of a single teacher Canada-wide.

As the recipient of the award she will receive an invitation to attend the 2019 JUNO Awards with a guest, a ten thousand dollar cash donation and a contribution to the Pioneer Middle School’s music program.

“I don’t think you ever think you’re going to be nominated for something like this, like I said I feel really blessed,” says Hastings.

Musicounts nominations come from within the schools, but Hastings nomination package was put together by a parent council member, with the support of the principle, a number of colleagues and former students.

Hastings was picked as the winner through a two-tier process. There’s an internal adjudication panel which narrows down the applicants to the top 10.

Applications are then sent to an external adjudication panel that’s made up of music educations experts across the country. Finalists are decided and then Musicounts comes together to decide a final winner.

“All of the nominees are so passionate, dedicated and further music education within their community,” says Kristy Fletcher, Musicounts executive director.

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