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Petway music teacher named quarterfinalist for Grammy Music Educators Award

Petway Elementary School Music Teacher Jeanne Andrews is one of 219 music teachers from across the country that have been named as Quarterfinalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The quarterfinalists were chosen from the initial nominations submitted for the award.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, administrators.  

“This honor is a tribute to my wonderful elementary students, the amazing staff and administration at Petway, and the Vineland community for their support of Music Education. Being recognized by the Grammy Foundation for my passion in music is a memorable moment in my life,” said Andrews.

Andrews has been with Vineland Public Schools for eight years and leads a program that includes 500+ kindergarten through fifth grade, cognitively-impaired special education, and the students in deaf education. She has expanded the vocal, instrumental, movement, and composing capabilities of her students with an innovative curriculum based on providing opportunities for her students to try new experiences without fear of failure. She was a co-writer for the district music curriculum to reflect the new national standards for the performing arts adopted by the State of New Jersey. Andrews also serves as a Donors Choose Advocate for the district having had twenty projects fully funded, worth over $6700.00, to purchase materials for movement, books with musical themes, music resources, and instruments for her classroom. 

Andrews is the founder of The Gloucester County Flute Ensemble, a community ensemble for adults to continue performing quality music for events in the southern New Jersey area. The ensemble also provides performances for healthcare facilities in an effort to bring live chamber music to those unable to attend a concert in a venue outside of their facility. She has performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA and Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY with the Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra. Andrews received their Community Advocate Award for Service Above Self to the community from this organization. She toured Europe as a member of the United States Collegiate Wind Ensemble and studied at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as a Rotary Undergraduate Fellow. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Therapy from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Currently, Andrews performs with The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey in the flute section. 

Fifteen semifinalists will be chosen in September and, from that group, the ten finalists will be announced. The winner of the Music Educator Award will be recognized during Grammy Week 2022. The winner will be flown to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

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