Teacher of the Year Award – SPECIAL NEWS!

The NCMTA Choice for the 2021-22 State Recipient – Dr. Vicky Fischer Faw!

Photo of Past President Vicky Fisher Faw holding State Association of the Year plaque

Victoria Fischer Faw, (DMA, NCMTA), teacher, pianist, scholar, is Professor Emerita at Elon University in North Carolina. During her graduate days at UT Austin, she co-created the Crawford-Fischer School of Music, an innovative independent piano studio. Engaged and committed to the entire spectrum of piano pedagogy from beginner through college student motivated the creation at Elon of the first undergraduate pedagogy minor in NC.

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And then this happened …

The MTNA Choice for 2022 Recipient for the National Recipient – Dr. Vicky Fischer Faw!

MTNA chose our Vicky from all of the state-level candidates. Our beloved colleague will be honored at the Awards Brunch of the MTNA conference, to be held in Minneapolis on March 30th, during the annual MTNA conference. Breathtaking! Congratulations Vicky. NCMTA is so proud of you.

Help Us Reach Our Goal

By the way, we at NCMTA have also nominated Dr. Vicky Fischer Faw to be an MTNA Foundation Fellow. This nomination requires financial support. Learn more, and then, if you can, make a gift by January 21st.


How to make a Nomination for Teacher of the Year

The nomination period for the NCMTA Teacher of the Year Award is now closed. When nominations open again during 2022, you will be able to nominate one member of NCMTA for this prestigious award.

  • Send the name of your nominee, along with a statement in support of the nomination, to Kerry Carlin (carlink@ecu.edu), NCMTA Planning Senate Chair.
  • Deadline for nominations: to be announced.

Your Supporting Statement

The supporting statement should include as much of the following information as possible about the nominee:  

  • Years of teaching experience (approximation is acceptable) 
  • Teaching/Professional achievements, including evidence of student success 
  • Service at local, state, and national levels 
  • Community involvement

Teacher of the Year Winner

The winner of the NCMTA Teacher of the Year Award is honored at the annual NCMTA Conference held each October.

The Background of the Award

The NCMTA Teacher of the Year Award program was established in 2008. This award recognizes a teacher who makes a significant difference in the lives of students, contributes to the advancement of music in a community, and is an outstanding example of a music educator.  Teachers who are recipients of this annual award automatically have their names submitted as the NCMTA nominee for the MTNA Teacher of the Year Award.

Any NCMTA member may nominate another member for the NCMTA Teacher of the Year Award.

North Carolina’s first Teacher of the Year Award recipient (Marie Burnette, NCTM) was also the recipient of the MTNA Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.

Kerry Carlin photo

For more information, contact Kerry Carlin at carlink@ecu.edu. As Planning Senate Chair, and NCMTA Past President, Kerry accepts all nominations for Teacher of the Year award.

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