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HCS Educator Set to Lead NAfME Southern Division

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02-17-2014 (HCS) - Members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have elected Dr. Sara Womack as President-Elect of the Southern Division for 2014-2016.  Dr. Womack, music teacher at Greystone Elementary School since 2006, will assume the office on July 1, 2014 and become Southern Division President on July 1, 2016.  As a representative of nearly 20,000 active, retired and pre-service music teachers and 10,000 honor students and supporters from 11 southern states, she will serve on the National Executive Board from 2014-2020.

“Music education is in a unique position to help resolve big issues in education in an innovative, engaging and sustainable way," Dr. Womack said.  "The creative process of music making can inspire problem solving and prepare students for the fast-changing world."

Dr. Womack served as President of the Alabama Music Educators Association from 2012-2014 and was named Hoover City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2013. She achieved National Board Certification in early and middle childhood music and has presented at numerous workshops and conferences, has been published in local and national journals, and has been awarded multiple grants for her work with students, as well as her research.


Womack remains dedicated to realizing NAfME’s vision of all students receiving a comprehensive, sequential music education that prepares them for lifelong involvement in music.

“I am excited about the opportunity to continue learning and sharing my passion for music education with others,” Dr. Womack said.  “My father introduced me to a multitude of opportunities through music. As a teacher and leader, I believe it is my mission to introduce a wide range of experiences to inspire students’ and teachers’ passions and develop their life purpose.”

The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association addressing all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. For more information visit www.nafme.org

Jason Gaston/HCS Public Relations

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