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Caddo Middle Magnet music teacher named GRAMMY Music Educator finalist

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Krista Fanning, Caddo Middle Magnet music teacher Krista Fanning, Caddo Middle Magnet music teacher
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A total of 25 music teachers from 24 cities across 15 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation® and one of those teachers is from right here in the ArkLaTex. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Krista Fanning, who teaches at Caddo Middle Magnet, is one of 25 teachers nationwide and the only teacher from Louisiana. 

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 the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award, and Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.

As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current United States music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.

A complete list of semifinalists is below. The 10 finalists will be announced in December. For more information visit, www.grammymusicteacher.com.  

Michael Allard - Harmony Magnet Academy Porterville CA

Gregory Bennet - Middletown High School Middletown NY

Lisa Bianconi - Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Westminster VT

Glen Cain - Gold Trail School Rescue CA

Charles Cushinery - Ed W. Clark High School Las Vegas NV

Amy Darby - Phoenixville Area Middle School Schwenksville PA

Andrew DeNicola - John P. Stevens High School Metuchen NJ

Leslie Denning - South Miami Middle School Miami Shores FL

Mark Duker - Neuqua Valley High School Oswego IL

Krista Fanning - Caddo Middle Magnet Shreveport LA

Elaine Gates - C.W. Post–Long Island Uni; NYU Centerport NY

Vivian Gonzalez - South Miami K-8 Center Miami FL

Deanna Joseph - Georgia State University Tucker GA

Kent Knappenberger - Westfield Academy & Central School Westf Westfield NY

Kathrine Kouns - Horizon High School Carmel IN

Anthony Mazzocchi - Montclair State University Maplewood NJ

Glen McCarthy - George Mason University Centreville VA

Dustin Olsen - Hot Springs County High School Thermopolis WY

Sarah Payne - Bryan Station Middle School Lexington KY

Kathy Rohrs - Chaminade College Preparatory MS West Hills CA

Michael Smith - Nyack High School Spring Valley NY

Kristina Turpin - Pinecrest Schools Simi Valley CA

Steve Vutsinas - Grassfield High School ChesapeAKE VA

Jo Wallace-Abbie - Plano West Senior High School Plano TX

Mary Jo West - George Mason High School Centreville VA

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

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