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The recipients of the 2022 Annual Awards were honored at the Annual Inservice Conference.

Awards Descriptions and Nomination Forms

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Fruitland Primary School
Wicomico County Public Schools

Kellie Harvey has been musically inspiring students at Fruitland Primary since 2014 and was named Fruitland Primary Teacher of the Year 2020. Kellie has developed and implemented an arts integration curriculum, integrated innovative technology, mentored new teacher candidates, and received numerous grant awards.  Within her community, Kellie shares her music skills by performing in local ensembles and teaching private lessons. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University, University of Florida, and is currently pursuing her National Board Certification.

Meade Middle School
Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Karla Steinbach began her educational career in the Buncombe County School District in North Carolina in 2003 as a special education teacher.  She spent four years at this school before making the decision to move back to where she was born and raised, Anne Arundel County.  Mrs. Steinbach served at Annapolis High School from 2007-2015 as a special educator, special education department chair, and Assistant Principal.  From there Mrs. Steinbach was an Assistant Principal at MacArthur and Annapolis Middle.  Mrs. Steinbach is now in her third year as Principal of Meade Middle where she proudly serves the students, staff, and community. 

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Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Senior Manager - Performing & Visual Arts Program - Anne Arundel County
Supervisor of Teacher Interns - UMBC
Director - CYSO Jazz Combo.
Chair - NAFME Council for Jazz Education
Member - NAfME Professional Development Committee
Board of Directors & Secretary - Jazz Education Network
Adjudicator, Guest Conductor, Clinician, & Performer

David Kauffman resides in Baltimore, MD, with his wife Jennifer and their dog Stella.  They have two children, Kaitlyn and Sam.  

Previous Award Recipients

2020 - Janet Gross

2017 – Ginny Flynn

2015 – Sally Wagner

2014 – James L. Turk

2013 – Jan Strevig

2012 – Deborah Turner

Outstanding Music Educator*



Angelica Brooks, Bowie High School, Prince George’s County 

James Dorsey, Vansville Elementary School, Prince George’s County

Theresa Iacarino, Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Baltimore County

Stephanie Mayer-Sattin, Bullis School, Montgomery County

Andrea Cameron, Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County
Carol Cox, Bodkin Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
Jana Davis Hobbs, Wicomico High School, Wicomico County
Allen Kessell, Franklin High School, Baltimore County


Sarah Burton, North Salisbury Elementary School, Bennett Middle School, Parkside High School, James M. Bennett High School, Wicomico County
Emily James, South Shore Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
Randine Levy, Roberto Clemente Middle School, Montgomery County
David Matchim, Centennial High School, Howard County
Lisa Adams, Berlin Intermediate School, Worcester County


Kenneth Dasher, Pittsville Elementary and Middle School, Wicomico County
Paul Heinemann, Rocky Hill Middle School, Montgomery County
Anne Marie Patterson, Theodore Davis  Middle School, Charles County
Thomas K. Pierre, Jr., Glassmanor Elementary School, Prince Georges County
James Woomert, Atholton High School, Howard County


Shannon Day
Lewis Dutrow
Doug Miles
Lynn Staininger

Outstanding School Administrator*


Liza Hastings, Mardela Middle and High School, Wicomico County

Martin Tierney, Runnymeade Elementary School, Carroll County 

2020 - John Taylor, Cabin John Middle School, Montgomery County
2019 - Matthew Record, Pocomoke Middle School, Worcester County
2018 - Jazmin G. Lawhorn, Crofton Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
2017 - Chris Rattay

MMEA/NAfME Exemplary Music Program*

2020 - Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Prince George's County
2018 - Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School, Harford County
2017 - Ellicott Mills Middle School, Howard County

Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award













Rosemary & James Walters Service Award




MMEA Hall of Fame


Christopher Cicconi 

Sybil Roseboro

2020 – Todd J. Burroughs

2019 – Scott Herman

2018 – Michael L. Mark

2017 – Anita Lambert

2013 – Nancy S. Grasmick

2012 – C. Nelson Fritts

2011 – Richard J. Deasy

2010 – Katherine A. Rodeffer

2009 – Joan Orcutt

2005 – Linda Patton

2004 – Chris Tuel

2002 – Mary Ellen Cohn

1999 – Barbara F. King

1998 – Phyllis T. Kaplan

1998 – Roger J. Folstrom

1997 – James L. Tucker, Jr.

1996 – Mary Ann Mears

1995 – Rosa Fletcher Crocker

1994 – Karen Douglas

2011 – Howard L. Miskimon

2011 – Sabra C. Steward

2010 – Mabel Leonore Sawhill

2004 – Richard A. Disharoon

2003 – Chrystie L. Adams

2002 – Thomas W. Fugate

2020 — Charles Haslup (Posthumous)

2019 – Chris Vadala (Posthumous)

2018 – Gilbert A. Brungardt (Posthumous)

2014 – Dana Rothlisberger

2013 – Ray Danner

2012 – Cherie Stellaccio

2012 – C. Scott Sharnetzka

2011 – Lee Stevens

2010 – Bruce D. Wilson

2009 – Leone Y. Woodall

2008 – Richard A. Disharoon

2008 – James L. Tucker, Jr.

2007 – Olivia W. Gutoff

2006 – Mary Ellen Cohn

2006 – John Wakefield

2005 – Barbara F. King

2005 – Michael L. Mark

2004 – Roger J. Folstrom

2004 – Phyllis R. Kaplan

2003 – Leroy Battle

2003 – Glenn Patterson

2000 – Mildred B. Trevvett

1999 – Nancy M. Cook

1999 – Sr. Mary Theresine Staub S.S.N.D.

1998 – Maurice R. Feldman

1997 – Clarence T. Rogers

1996 – James H. Avampato

1996 – Carmelo J. Palazzo

1995 – David Marchand

1995 – W. Warren Sprouse

1994 – Shirley J. Shelley

1994 – Donald Regier

1994 – Mildred R. Reiner

1995 – David Marchand

1995 – W. Warren Sprouse

1994 – Shirley J. Shelley

1994 – Donald Regier

1994 – Mildred R. Reiner

1993 – Thomas W. Fugate

1993 – C. William Johnson

1993 – Michael Pastelak

1992 – Blanche F. Bowlsbey

1992 – Joseph F. Chalker

1992 – James L. Fisher

1991 – John Fignar, Jr.

1990 – Robert E. Kersey

1990 – Dorothy S. Pickard

1989 – Alice S. Beer

1989 – Thomas R. Lawrence

1989 – Corwin H. Taylor

1988 – Margaret Black
1988 – Robert S. Bolles
1988 – David Burchuck
1988 – Frances Jackman Civis
1988 – John Cole
1988 – Mary G. Cross
1988 – John Denues
1988 – Nicholas Geriak
1988 – Thomas L. Gibson
1988 – Rose Marie Grentzer
1988 – S. Fenton Harris
1988 – Miriam Hoffman
1988 – Mary M. Hunter
1988 – John Itzel
1988 – Henrietta Baker Low
1988 – Otto Ortmann
1988 – Philip S. Royer
1988 – Osmar Steinwald
1988 – Charles C. T. Stull
1988 – Eugene W. Troth
1988 – Homer Ulrich
1988 – C. James Velie
1988 – Levi Wilder
1988 – Dorothy Willison
1988 – William Llewelyn Wilson

Outstanding Music Educator


This award recognizes and honors music educators for their outstanding service to the music students in public, private, or independent schools in the State of Maryland. These awards are presented annually.


Outstanding School Administrator
This award is to recognize the non-arts administrators who are music advocates and supporters, working with the music team to build incredible music programs for their schools and communities. This award may be presented annually.



MMEA/NAfME Exemplary Music Program
This award is to recognize outstanding music programs. The award will be based on the extent to which the program meets the standards set forth in the NAfME publication, The School Music Program: Description and Standards. Any school that has not received the award within the previous five years is eligible.

Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award
This award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the music education of Maryland’s youth, whether as a teacher, administrator, parent, industry representative, performer, or in another capacity. The Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award was established in 1993 in memory of Dr. Corwin H. Taylor (1905-1992), noted musician, composer, author, and educator. Dr. Taylor, an active member of the Music Educators National Conference (now National Association for Music Education, NAfME) and the Maryland Music Educators Association, was Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Baltimore Public School system from 1945 to 1968 and a faculty member at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1968 to 1976. He will always be remembered for the great impact he had on the lives and careers of his students and colleagues. The award may be presented annually.

Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service
This award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Maryland Music Educators Association. The Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service to the Maryland Music Educators Association was established in 2001 in memory of Rosemary and James Walters. Their teaching careers were in Maryland, spanning 30 years until a tragic accident in April 2001. Jim taught instrumental music, most recently at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County while Rosemary taught choral music. Together, they characterized the essence of supporting the music education profession. They supported their colleagues, young and seasoned, and they supported every professional activity of the association and the school music community. Jim served as MBDA president, but his contribution was not limited to band activities. Rosemary eventually left the classroom to work full time in church music, but her involvement as a substitute music teacher and as an accompanist continued. At nearly any MMEA event, it was typical to see Jim and Rosemary offering to assist when they were not “on duty,” doing whatever needed to be done. The award may be presented annually.

MMEA Hall Of Fame
This award is to recognize an individual for excellence in teaching and/or administration, contributions and improvements made in music education, betterment of the profession through exemplary service or acts, professional offices, publications, awards, recognition, performances, and professional ideals and academic integrity.