(Eureka)—Two local music teachers were honored at the California Music Educators’ Association Conference (CMEA). Katri Pitts of Cutten-Ridgewood Schools received a state award for excellence in general classroom music education and Ronite Gluck won an award for Outstanding Music Educator, North Coast Section. The event was conducted online.
Upon accepting her award, Katri Pitts said, “I appreciate the support of all my fellow North Coast music educators.” She added, “I feel so fortunate to work in a district that is committed to providing music education for every student.” August Deshais, Cutten School Principal said, “Our amazing music program is 100% what it is because of Katri’s hard work. Our robust music program has been a source of pride for our district for many years, and the disruptions we have experienced at our schools over the past year have hardly impacted the quality of her program. Soon after we entered distance learning last spring, Katri shifted gears to offering live, remote music theory, instrument, and choir classes to all students, grades TK through six. On numerous occasions parents have praised Katri’s continuing efforts to grow and support their children’s musical education. It’s hard to imagine a teacher more deserving of recognition than Katri!”
Holly MacDonell, President of the CMEA North Coast Section said of Ronite Gluck in presenting her award, “Ronite strives to enrich students’ lives with music…The North Coast Section is proud of Ronite Gluck and we’re so happy to give her this honor.”
Si Talty, Superintendent/Principal of Freshwater School District said, “Ms. Gluck has served the Freshwater School District for the past 26 years teaching a wide range of musical groups and genres, ranging from Beginning Band to Concert Band and samba to jazz, just to name a few. Her love of music has been instilled in generations of Freshwater students and she is well-deserving of this prestigious award.” Gluck has been active in the local music educator community for over two decades and has performed with the Humboldt State University Orchestra and the Eureka Symphony.
Both awards were presented at a virtual event in February. The state music educator group advocates for legislation that furthers the cause of music education.