Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spotlight on my Music Man

I promise to be brief.

It's not often that I talk about my husband here, the Music Man.  He's in his world (choir).  I'm in mine (cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, repurposing, marketing, painting, carpooling, reading, et cetera-ing).

But I'm proud to announce that he called me from work yesterday with some "fun, surprising news."  I love how he made sure to put the word "fun" in there, knowing that surprising news is rarely good.

This news is good, really good.

He tells me, "I got the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award."

"Of course you did," I respond, pleased but not surprised.

Not only does that man teach middle school students to sing, he teaches them to love it, and each other.

If I were to list the first 20 words that come to mind when describing his job, I'd be sure to include:

Sight reading
Overflow seating
Musical theater
District festival
Hand signs
Fundraising pizzas
Smart Score
Garage Band
Cedar Point
El Tour (as in a choir tour of the elementary schools, not a random foreign language word, as I originally thought)
Permission slips
Sheet music
The Almo
Recruiting week
Control top panty hose

Oh, wait, that's more than 20 words.  But that's OK, because most days he puts in more than a day's work.

Here are some pictures to prove it:

For a look at just how much 250 zany middle schoolers love his choirs, check out this video.

Congrats, Music Man, you deserve it!


  1. Keri, that's wonderful. Please give Darel our congratulations. Lynn

  2. Congrats! Nice when the "specials" teachers are recognized! Matt got teacher of the year last year and I was SOooo proud!!! Enjoy!!!

  3. Congratulations, Darel!! Every concert brings tears to my eyes -- happy tears. :-) Love you, Judy/Mom2

  4. Congratulations to your hubby!! I watched the video and it is very clear that the kids think very highly of him and what he does for them!✿◠‿◠

  5. Congratulations Darel - it sounds like you make music a lot of fun for your students!
    Carol Yacoub