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Gaither’s Vocal Director Wins Music Educator of the Year

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Amanda Hase, Staff Writer

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Debra Cleveland, the vocal director at Gaither High School, was chosen to
receive the prestigious Music Educator of the Year Award. Cleveland received the award Saturday, Jan. 20 in Los Angeles, California at the Barbershop Midwinter Convention. She was accompanied by Gaither’s concert chorus, which also won many outstanding awards including Audience Favorite.

Cleveland has been a huge inspiration and great leader to her students. She
puts all of her time and effort into perfecting the school’s fine arts program by spending long hours practicing and working with the students.

“Between the six or seven classes that she has, she always finds the time to
help each individual person with whatever they are struggling with. She is very generous with her time and cares deeply about all of her students,” said Aydan Dubin, senior, a former student of Mrs. Cleveland.

Cleveland has been known to push her students out of their comfort zone
and help them to become more confident and comfortable with how they
perform. Students of Cleveland are very grateful to have had a teacher who cares so much about her students.

“I know that my freshman self, walking into high school, would never have
dreamed of singing and dancing in Showcase. She has brought out the leader and performer in me and I am so grateful for her and all of her wisdom and guidance,” said Elisabeth Sinclair, senior.

Gaither is proud of Cleveland and all the students in chorus for their hard
work and dedication.

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