The New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA) has recognized two Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) educators for their outstanding commitment to music education in our schools. Leanne DeVane, SFPS Music Education Coordinator was named NMMEA Administrator of the Year for the State of New Mexico. Laura Eberhardt, Music Teacher-Aspen Community Magnet School, was named NMMEA New and Emerging Educator of the Year for the State of New Mexico.
According to the NMMEA, Leann DeVane was named the Administrator of the Year because she demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality music education programs in Santa Fe Public Schools. Her influence is a major factor in improving music education, and under her supervision, the District has an exemplary music program.
Leanne DeVane completed her undergraduate study in Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her graduate study in Music Education at Eastman School of Music. She has also completed coursework in Educational Leadership with New Mexico Highlands University and holds administrative licensure with the state of New Mexico. Leanne taught elementary music and choir on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona for two years, followed by eight years of elementary music and choral teaching at Ramirez Thomas and Sweeney Elementary Schools in Santa Fe. Leanne's personal passions are equity in access to music education, the Spanish language, her horse, and the outdoors. In her role as Music Education Coordinator, she has worked for the last eight years strengthening the music education program for Santa Fe Public Schools.
According to the NMMEA, Laura Eberhardt was named the New and Emerging Educator of the Year because she has demonstrated significant success in her early years of teaching, and she is likely to make significant contributions to the field of music education in New Mexico. An award of this nature brings recognition to those who are new to the profession, and will encourage others who are new to music education to strive for similarly high goals.
Laura Eberhardt was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She attended the University of New Mexico for music education and creative writing, and has taught at Aspen Community Magnet School for four years. While at Aspen, the band has increased significantly, and consistently receives excellent and superior ratings. The band has competed with the top bands in NM at the State Band Contest the past two years. Additionally, the band has performed in a side-by-side concert with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. Laura also performs extensively in community ensembles, such as the High Desert Winds and Concordia Santa Fe. She was recently elected as Band Vice President of the NMMEA.
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