Colgate Teacher Named Outstanding Music Educator

Grace White was among seven individuals named Outstanding Music Educators of the Year by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA).

According to the MMEA website: White was “coined Ms. Blue by her students because of her blue hair,” makes “kid-friendlybut-not-just-for-kids songs and videos to help her students learn. She is thrilled to now see them being used outside of her classroom and looks forward to conducting a new piece at the BCPS Choral Festival this spring.”

In addition, Laura Allison of Ridge Ruxton School was also named Outstanding Music Educators of the Year and Jim Wharton, formerly an instrumental music teacher at Catonsville High School, is one of two retired educators inducted into the MMEA Hall of Fame.

The honorees were recognized during the 2023 MMEA Annual Inservice Conference on March 4 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“BCPS has a long tradition of outstanding music educators,” said Dr. Brian K. Schneckenburger, BCPS supervisor of music and dance education. “Mr. Wharton has been a standard bearer for decades and has affected the culture of music education not only in BCPS, but in the state of Maryland. Ms. Allison and Ms. White are two exceptional music educators.

“Their passion and unique approaches to the craft of teaching are an inspiration to their students, but to their teaching peers. We are truly fortunate to have them in BCPS. Congratulations to both of them on their well-earned, welldeserved recognitions.”

Benjamin Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.