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MMEA is excited to present the slate of candidates for the 2024 MMEA Board elections.

The MMEA voting window will be February 12 - March 13th, 2024

Make sure your membership is active and up-to-date by February 1 to vote

Candidate for Maryland Music Educators Association, Recording Secretary

Carrie Barrett Traube - Baltimore County

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Carrie Barrett Traube, NBCT, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Education Degree from Towson University. She has taught 4th and 5th grade music in Baltimore County for the past 6 years. At her school, she fills the role of both the vocal general and the instrumental teacher and has an after school ukulele program. During the summer, she enjoys working at music camps and marching band camps.

Click here to meet Carrie Barrett Traube. (Vimeo Video)

Candidates for Maryland Music Educators Association, Member-At-Large

Otis L. Eldridge - Baltimore City

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Otis Eldridge was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His musical journey began in the 6th grade at Booker T. Washington Middle School. He later attended Baltimore City College High School and eventually Morgan State University. In 2009, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music then immediately pursued an MAT at the graduate level. He initially became a full-time public-school music teacher in 2011. In 2016, he began course work toward a doctorate in urban educational leadership from Morgan State University. He is currently the band director/music teacher at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School.

Click here to meet Otis L. Eldridge. (Vimeo Video)

Dr. Shane Jensen - Baltimore County

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Shane Jensen (he/him) is the Music Specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools. He holds degrees in Music Education, Post Graduate Degree in School Improvement and Leadership, graduate certificate in Social-Emotional Learning and an Ed.D. in Leadership. He is an active music and educational clinician. Dr. Jensen is also a Fulbright-Hays scholar. He presents at conferences, universities, and professional development and leadership sessions focusing on Inclusive Practices, Gender Identity, LGBTQ+ Topics, and Authenticity.

Click here to meet Dr. Shane Jensen. (Vimeo Video)

Candidates for Maryland Band Directors Association, President-Elect

Lauren Bond - Washington County

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Lauren Bond is in her seventeenth year of teaching, and her tenth year as the Band Director at Williamsport High School in Williamsport, Maryland where she teaches concert band, marching band, wind ensemble, steel pan ensemble, and jazz band. Lauren previously taught middle and elementary school band. Lauren is a National Board Certified Teacher, holds a master’s in Music Education from Boston University, and a bachelor’s in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Click here to meet Lauren Bond. (Vimeo Video)

Susan Eckerle - Montgomery County

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Susan Eckerle oversees the Wootton High School band program. She has taught in the Hawaii, Mississippi, and Maryland school systems. These very diverse teaching situations have given her the confidence and knowledge that every student can achieve excellence. She serves on the MBDA board and is the assistant manager of the Senior All-State Band. She received the MMEA Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2023 and the Scroll of Excellence from WBDI in 2022.

Click here to meet Susan Eckerle. (Vimeo Video)

Candidate for Maryland General Music Teachers Association, President-Elect

T. Naomi Palmer - Montgomery County

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After graduating from River Hill High School in 2014, Naomi received an A.A. in Music from Howard Community College in 2017. She attended Towson University, receiving a B.S. in Music Education in 2021. She is on track to complete her final year at the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland. Naomi is currently the general music teacher and choral director at Luxmanor Elementary School, where she has taught since the beginning of her career.

Click here to meet T. Naomi Palmer. (Vimeo Video)

Candidate for Maryland Society for Music Teacher Education, President-Elect

Robin Giebelhausen - University of Maryland

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Robin Giebelhausen is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Maryland specializing in general music where she is founder and coordinator of the Hatchling Community Music Program. Dr. Giebelhausen has taught students from birth (early childhood) to earth (retirement communities) and everything in between (preschool, elementary, secondary, college, professional development). She has presented across the nation and has publications in various journals. More information can be found at 

Click here to meet Robin Giebelhausen. (Vimeo Video)

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