Monroe Elementary Language Academy teacher Dr. Nora Hernández is part of the CMA Foundation’s new class of Music Teachers of Excellence program.
The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association. Now in its seventh year, the program annually recognizes 30 educators who are “having the greatest impact on their students, using the power of music as an avenue for change.”
Hernández will represent the Garden Grove Unified School District as she travels to Tennessee in September to attend the Music Teachers of Excellence ceremony. She was the only teacher to earn the distinction in the state of California.
“Nora gives her all to her students,” said Monroe Elementary Principal Cesar Loya. “Her ability to use music to motivate students and build their sense of well-being and self-confidence is truly inspiring,”
Hernández is approaching her seventh year of teaching in district, where she serves as an elementary music teacher and middle school choir director.
“I am honored to receive this recognition because people who look like me can see what I’ve accomplished and they can also be empowered to do the same,” said Dr. Hernández.
The CMA Foundation will invest $150,000 to support the award-winning teachers’ classrooms, music programs and professional development opportunities to help them foster thriving music programs for their students and communities.
Garden Grove teacher Darlene Machacon represented the district last year and was also the only music instructor in the state to be recognized by the foundation.
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