The Recording Academy and GRAMMY museum have announced 10 music teachers as finalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award, including Olentangy Shanahan Middle School’s vocal music teacher, Katie Silcott.
Mrs. Silcott was nominated by her 6th grade students for the Music Educator Award, which recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the music education field and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. More than 1,135 educators were nominated from 49 states.
Mrs. Silcott began her 20-year teaching career in Marysville Schools, where she transformed the middle school music program. She brought her talents to Olentangy Schools in 2018, teaching vocal music, directing choir, and empowering the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Shanahan Middle School.
Olentangy Schools and Shanahan Middle School will continue to recognize Mrs. Silcott for this tremendous accomplishment, and know the true winners in the competition are the students that benefit from being in her classroom. View Mrs. Silcott's congratulatory video here.
One award winner will receive the Music Educator Award at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY week in January, along with a $10,000 honorarium and a matching grant for their school's music program. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The matching grants 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.