Cadman Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Ballard and Dr. Karen Childress-Evans, Director of the Visual and Performing Arts program at San Diego Unified, have been honored by the Southern Border Section of the California Music Educators Association.
received the 2013 Elementary Administrator of the Year Award for her
"outstanding support of music education in San Diego County." According
to the Association, she works collaboratively at her school to provide
each student with a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment
that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning
through the arts.
Ballard was also lauded for creating a team of
teachers and staff at Cadman that is "dedicated to creating a
challenging and supportive environment which promotes academic
excellence and social competence for students to become confident,
successful, and contributing members of our global society."
the arts have contributed greatly to student success at her school where
student standardized test scores jumped over 80 points in one year due
in a great part to integrating music into the curriculum," said Dr.
Childress-Evans, who supervises visual and performing arts programs
across the district. "Congratulations to Elizabeth Ballard for
excellence in promoting music education to elementary students in San
Childress-Evans received the prestigious 2013 Fortissimo Award from the
Association, "for her outstanding leadership in music education in San
Diego County," according to the association.
The Fortissimo Award
is given to music advocates whose work to promote quality music
education for all students has resulted in national, regional and local
recognition. Dr. Childress-Evans represented San Diego Unified by
accepting the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2013 Best
Communities for Music Education in America Award. She is an advisor on
the Board of CMEA-SBS, a professional musician and educator, and has
worked to increase the number of students enrolled in music programs
across the district over her 9-year tenure.
multi-faceted career, Dr. Childress-Evans continues to be a strong
advocate for quality arts instruction in our schools and continues to
dedicate herself in collaboration with other arts advocates and
educators to further arts education for all students.