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New Mexico Music Educators Association Announces SFPS Award Winners


Two Santa Fe Public Schools educators have recently received notable recognition by the New Mexico Music Educators’ Association. Marilyn Barnes, Santa Fe High Choral Director has been named recipient of “2019 Music Educator of the Year” and Jakob Lain, Principal of El Camino Real Academy, has been named “2019 Administrator of the Year.”

“Marilyn Barnes and Jakob Lain are shining role models for the state.  They exemplify the commitment of SFPS to ensuring comprehensive music education curricula for students.  SFPS continues to fully fund its music education programs. Ms. Barnes and Mr. Lain are enriching lives every day by offering opportunities for students to learn and develop through music,” said Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia.

Mrs. Barnes’ choral programs have achieved numerous awards, and she has provided meaningful artistic and academic studies for her students, many of whom have gone on to music studies at the university level. She was given this recognition due to her consistent record of high standards of teaching, as well as demonstrating outstanding relationships with students, teachers, music educators, administrators and community.

Mrs. Barnes said that she had, “…been asked to apply from our North Central district twice before and I begged them not to nominate me again.  I said this is for New Mexicans who have worked in New Mexico for 30 years and went to New Mexico colleges for their music degrees.  This year was different and I am so humbled. There are amazing teachers who have achieved this award and I have revered them as mentors and friends.  To be counted among them is awesome.”

Mr. Lain’s “Administrator of the Year” award is given to recipients who demonstrate support of an exemplary school music program, who are active advocates for music education in their school and community, who demonstrate financial commitment to their music programs and who support their programs with strong leadership and solid program management. This award is given each year to one school principal or central district administrator in the state and acknowledges the recipients’ commitment to music as an integral part of a complete education.

For more information, members of the media should contact Leanne DeVane, Music Education Coordinator, at 467-2513

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