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Hopatcong Middle School Music Teacher Receives 2018 Master Music Teacher Award

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Mrs. Shawna Longo will be receiving the 2018 Master Music Teacher Award from the New Jersey Music Educator’s Association (NJMEA) at their annual conference in February 2018.

This prestigious award is given out each year to one deserving music educator in New Jersey, after a nomination process and observation. In order to be eligible for consideration, the nominee must have completed a minimum of ten years of teaching music in the schools of New Jersey (public, parochial, private or collegiate), be actively teaching and a member of NJMEA-NAfME for at least ten years, and display teaching excellence. Mrs. Longo was nominated by the Hopatcong Middle School principal, Mr. Emil Binotto. After reviewing all of the nominations and accompanying documentation and materials, a panel of retired music teachers canvassed the state to observe and interview each nominee's in his/her classroom. In an email from the chair of the Master Music Teacher Interview Committee, Mr. Frank Hughes stated to Mrs. Longo, “You are an outstanding music educator and representative of the qualities we envision for a Master Music Teacher!”

Shawna is a 1997 graduate of Berwick Area High School, where she was actively involved in all band and chorus programs.Currently, Shawna teaches grades 6-8 General Music (Music Technology) and serves as a STEAM Facilitator & Arts Integration Coach in the Hopatcong Borough Schools, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a Master of Public Administration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; and Supervisor/Curriculum Director’s certification from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. In addition to teaching, she has also had a successful experience serving as a Music Supervisor for grades K-12. Mrs. Longo has extensive experience designing, implementing and mapping arts and arts integrated (STEAM) curriculums for grades K-12 in all disciplines. She is currently pursuing certification as an Arts Integration Specialist with Education Closet. Shawna serves on committees for NJMEA, the NJ Chapter of Ti:ME, and is a member of the Board of Education in the Morris Plains School District. She was the recipient of the “Governor’s Educator of the Year” Award at Hopatcong Middle School in 2016 and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She is also a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Certified Teacher, and Defined STEM Certified Teacher.

Mrs. Longo also devotes her time as an arts advocate across the Northeast. As a professional development specialist, curriculum consultant, and Arts Integration/STEAM specialist, she has extensive experience presenting various workshops. She has been featured as a guest lecturer at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She was the keynote speaker at The Music Den Professional Development Day in Randolph, NJ. She has also presented numerous workshops at NJMEA Winter and Summer Conferences, New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) Workshops, New Jersey’s Principal and Supervisor Association (NJPSA) / Foundation for Educational Administration in Monroe, NJ, Texas Music Educator’s Association/Ti:ME Conference, Tech & Learning Live. She has provided professional development to various school districts across New Jersey. Shawna has also worked with The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Crayola, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in designing statewide and national Arts Integration and STEAM professional development/curriculum initiatives.

More About New Jersey Music Educator’s Association

The New Jersey Music Educators Association is a federated State Unit of NAfME: National Association for Music Education. NAfME is a voluntary, nonprofit organization representing all phases of music education in schools, colleges, universities, and teacher-education institutions. Active NAfME membership is open to all persons engaged in music teaching or other music education work. NAfME is the largest professional organization of its kind in the world. The official magazine of NAfME is the Music Educators Journal.

The NJMEA believes that the arts constitute one of the five fundamental components of basic education, along with language, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. These five fields of study should be at the core of education of every child as outlined in the Standards for Arts Education.

The NJMEA believes that the arts should be an integral part of basic education and that in this context “the arts,” “the fine arts,” and “the visual and performing arts” should all be defined to comprise only music, visual arts, theater, and dance. Courses not focusing on these four arts should not be permitted to satisfy requirements in the arts although they might include “art” in their title.

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