Educator of Note Award

The Educator of Note Award recognizes outstanding Miami-Dade County elementary and middle school teachers in the public, private, or parochial schools who creatively motivate and inspire young children in the field of music education.

CLICK HERE for the Application!
(NOTE: The application is a writable PDF file. Once you click on the link, save it on your computer and then fill it out.)

All eligible teachers* interested in applying should fill out the application form and submit it before the deadline date of March 10, 2017.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to include any additional letters of recommendations, photos, DVD’s, or other information with your application that you feel would be helpful in our review. The winner will be notified in April.

In 1993, Karyn Herterich, YPO president from 1989 to 1990, initiated the Educator of Note Award in memory of her mother, Ethel Malcomb Kennedy, as well as to honor  YPO Past President Louise Todaro for her many years of dedication to the cause of opera education.

Each year a winner is awarded a $2000 grant, an award figurine, and another small gift at YPO’s annual May luncheon (2nd Wednesday in May).

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be actively teaching in Miami-Dade County at the elementary level (in alternate years commencing in 2011, eligibility will also be extended to middle school teachers). Starting in 2011, middle school teachers will be considered every other year.
  • Must have at least 3 years’ teaching experience
  • Must be nominated by one person (who may be a principal or fellow teacher).

The applicant should include information about relevant classroom or extracurricular activities, which could include: instructional opera projects, field trips, Opera Funtime programs, creating and producing student operas, or anything else related to increasing students’ knowledge or appreciation of music.

PAST WINNERS:  Click her to see a list of the past winners.

YPO Educator of Note Committee members: Sheri Swanson, Julie Todaro, Janis Ramirez, Linda Meyers and Suzanne Kayyali. IN MEMORY OF OUR Louise Todaro, Chairman Emeritus, 1924-2014.