Kim Nitz-Gordon Selected as
MSBOA District 9 Teacher of the Year
August 8, 2018
AU GRES, MI – Au Gres-Sims School District instructor Kim Nitz-Gordon has been selected as the 2017-18 Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) District 9 Teacher of the Year. District 9 serves North Eastern Michigan schools and all their band programs. She received wide-sweeping support for the selection, and was unanimously nominated by her peers. Mrs. Nitz-Gordon has been teaching at Au Gres-Sims for over 17 years. She has also served the MSBOA in a volunteer leadership capacity in a variety of positions. Currently, Mrs. Nitz-Gordon acts as the MSBOA District 9 Secretary and leads both the All-Star Band initiative and the All-State audition process. She also maintains her personal musicianship as a participating member of the East Short Wind Symphony.
“Mrs. Gordon’s impeccable professionalism and musicianship are on display at every public performance of the Au Gres-Sims Bands,” stated President Jason Lowe from MSBOA District 9. He continued, “Her students consistently produce outstanding performances in whichever arena or venue they are performing. This remarkable consistency was recently recognized by the entire state with the Au Gres-Sims Band’s impressive concert at the Michigan Music Conference in January, 2018. Their exceptional performance was a testament to the daily preparation and hard work Mrs. Nitz-Gordon and her students put into their craft.” He added, “Additionally, her students are an excellent reflection of the school and community in which she teaches and was raised. They reflect her by being well-prepared, engaged, thoughtful, and polite. It is an honor to recognize Mrs. Nitz-Gordon as the MSBOA District 9 Teacher of the Year.”
Mrs. Nitz-Gordon shared, “I am very humbled to receive this recognition from my peers. This acknowledgement symbolizes the long history of focused, hard work from our student-musicians and dedicated support from our entire Au Gres community over time. Together, we will continually strive to achieve consistent excellence that appropriately represents both Au Gres-Sims and all of District 9.
MSBOA’s primary purpose is to advance quality music education through the study and performance of instrumental music. The mission of MSBOA is to provide students intellectual and creative instrumental music experiences expressed through emotional and artistic communication.
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