Melissa Salguero receives 2018 Music Educator Award

Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman (r), and executive educator director David Sears (l), join Ford Fund’s Pamela Alexander at the Grammy in the Schools Live! Event in New York

Award recipient and nine finalists to receive cash honorariums with generous support and resources provided by The Grammy Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund
Melissa Salguero of P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake in the Bronx, N.Y., has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum®. In addition, nine music teachers have been announced as finalists for the award. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations and applications for the 2019 Music Educator Award are now open via A complete list of the winner and finalists is below.
Finalists                                 School Name                                                 City                             State
Melissa Salguero                    P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake                               Bronx                          N.Y.
Finalists                                 School Name                                                 City                             State
Pamela Andrews                    Station Camp Elementary School                  Gallatin                        Tenn.
Victor de los Santos               Santa Ana High School                                  Santa Ana                   Calif.
Michelle Droe                          Lincoln Elementary                                         Cedar Falls                 Iowa
Curtis Gaesser                       Folsom High School                                       Folsom                        Calif.
Ralph Jackson                       Bridle Path Elementary School                       Lansdale                     Pa.
Brandi Jason                          Liberty High School                                        Eldersburg                  Md.
Chris Maunu                           Arvada West High School                              Arvada                        Colo.
Darren McCoy                        Oak Harbor High School                                 Oak Harbor                 Wash.
Vicky Stockton                        New York State School for the Deaf              Rome                          N.Y.
A partnership and joint presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, 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 schools.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.
Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students’ lives. The 2018 honoree will be in New York City, the host city of the GRAMMY Awards®, and will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week in January 2018. The recipient will also attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 and a range of GRAMMY
Museum events. In addition, the recipient will receive a $10,000 honorarium with matching school grants.
The grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.
Melissa Salguero has been teaching music at P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake Elementary School since 2010. Her goal is to foster creativity, curiosity, and a strong work ethic in her students through the power of music. Ms. Salguero was honored as the Lincoln Center Arts Teacher of the Year in 2013. In 2014, after P.S. 48 suffered a break-in, Ms. Salguero was invited to represent the school on “the Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Last year she was a semifinalist for the 2017 Music Educator Award.
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