THS Choir Director Earns SLSMEA Outstanding Music Educator Award
Timberland High School music teacher and choir director Ronda Fields received the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association (SLSMEA) Outstanding Music Educator Award on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the school’s spring concert.
Lisa Byland McMahon, SLSMEA President and Director of Bands at Oakville Middle School, represented the SLSMEA at the concert and presented the award to Fields. McMahon said in her remarks, “Ronda is a great educator and musician. She sets high standards for herself, her colleagues, and her students, and works hard to help everyone achieve excellence in all aspects of the Timberland High School choral program. Ms. Fields is a believer in kids, and the power music has to touch all lives.”
“I am overwhelmed by this extreme honor given by my colleagues who have been my mentors and encouragers throughout the years,” Field said. “It is an honor to be selected and I will never forget this moment.”
McMahon said, “Everything you really need to know about Ronda’s contribution to St. Louis’ music community is right here – the auditorium tonight is full of young people at a time in their lives where they’re figuring out who they are and what they want to do in life. Music affects all of it. It carries over to everything, not just the music.”
The St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association is the professional organization for music educators for member schools of EducationPlus. SLSMEA is affiliated with EducationPlus and MENC: The National Association for Music Education. SLSMEA sponsors numerous festivals throughout the year, which include Large Ensemble Music Festival for Bands, Orchestra, and Choirs; Solo and Ensemble Music Festival for Band, Orchestra, and Choir; and Honor Group Ensembles for Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs for high school, middle school, and elementary students.