Megan O’Brien – 2018 Nebraska Outstanding Young Music Educator

Background

The Nebraska Music Education Association (NMEA) named Zeman Elementary School teacher Megan O’Brien the 2018 Outstanding Young Music Educator. The NMEA represents all phases of music education in Nebraska schools, colleges and universities, with more than 1,200 members from across the state. The Outstanding Young Music Educator award recognizes excellence in music education by someone who has taught for between three and seven years.

Explanation

The Nebraska Music Education Association named Megan O’Brien the 2018 Outstanding Young Music Educator.

Lance Nielsen, supervisor of music for Lincoln Public Schools, said the following about O’Brien:

“When you walk in to her classroom, you will observe excellence in teaching. She designs lessons with clear learning objectives that engage all students, regardless of their ability level. You also see active music-making by all students with support systems for them to succeed. You can’t help but leave her classroom smiling – she brings happiness to the classroom and the students love her.”

One of her students said this about O’Brien:

“Miss O’Brien makes learning fun and gives chances for all grades to have concerts. After each one she congratulates us for the hard effort we put in. She’s never afraid to try new things and is always open to new ideas.”

Proposal

That the Lincoln Board of Education adopt the following resolution:  

WHEREAS, Megan O’Brien has been named the 2018 Outstanding Young Music Educator by the Nebraska Music Education Association; and

WHEREAS, Megan O’Brien demonstrates a passion for music education and a deep commitment to her students; and

WHEREAS, Megan O’Brien inspires a love for music among her students, no matter their grade level or ability; and

WHEREAS, Megan O’Brien is a lifelong learner who continuously seeks professional development to improve her own musical skills and her knowledge of music education.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lincoln Board of Education

does hereby congratulate Megan O’Brien for being named 2018 Outstanding Young Music Educator by the Nebraska Music Education Association.