North Kansas City teacher Tracy Resseguie has been named a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Museum’s Music Educator Award.
Resseguie, who has been a music teacher for 34 years, including 14 at Staley High School, was nominated among 207 music teachers from 180 cities, according to a news release. The Grammy Museum says the award was established to recognize educators 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 winner will be recognized during next year’s Grammy Week, flown to Los Angeles to attend the 65th Grammy Awards and receive $ 10,000.
“Being a quarterfinalist for a GRAMMY is such an honor,” Resseguie said in a news release. “I am overwhelmed and grateful. It is also an honor to walk into the choir room every day, start each class with our school song, and believe in these students to be their very best day after day. ”
Nearly 1,500 nominations were submitted for the award, which has been narrowed down to the quarterfinalist list. Semifinalists will be announced in September, the release says.
Each year, one winner is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for an impact on students’ lives. Aside from the winner, the nine additional finalists will receive a $ 1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $ 500 honorarium with matching school grants.
“No matter the outcome of the competition, North Kansas City Schools, and in particular Staley High School, is no doubt proud of their music teacher’s success and the name he has made for himself both state and nationwide,” school district officials said in a release.