The Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding teachers that are advocates of creative expression, developing ideas, showcasing their students’ talents and abilities, and are overall exceptional mentors who facilitate the impact and emphasis of arts within their classrooms. Kimbrough was presented the 2014 Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award and $1,000 for professional development. Addington received an award for Runner-Up and complimentary tickets to Carolina Theatre, Triad Stage, and Community Theatre of Greensboro.
As chorus director, marching band advisor, and director of the three bands at Northern Guilford High School, Ed Kimbrough is a man of many talents and responsibilities, taking on all of them with assurance and more importantly passion. As a director and teacher, he consistently encourages his students to work avidly on improving their work ethic and he is there for the process, urging them to embrace their talents and show the world what they are made of. Arriving at Northern when the music program was still being formed, Kimbrough has transformed it into an extensive collection of talented and well-taught students with a Grade 4 Concert Band, Grade 6 Wind Ensemble, and an award winning Jazz Band. Kenneth Weiss, Kimbrough’s student teacher, praises him for his determination, stating that “His open-mindedness and diligence for teaching is far superior to any other teacher I have worked with”.
Kimbrough demonstrates a love of music that cannot be denied reflects Nathan Kohn, a present student at Northern Guilford. “His love of music has allowed the Northern band program to thrive under his direction. He has left a lasting impact on every student he’s come in contact with, and is a true example of what a teacher should be”. With a number of accolades under his belt, that include Guilford County Arts Educator of the Year, Outstanding Young Educator for Pearson County Schools, and the Award of Excellence from the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, it is no wonder why Ed Kimbrough is so deserving of the Arts Education Teacher of the Year honor for 2014.
Morgan Addington of Hairston Middle School, who is the runner-up this year, has had a similar impact on her kids. Addington is a teacher that sees potential in all of her students and strives to make them aware of that. With 25 years of experience in the Professional Theatre business, she has provided acting workshops in collaboration with North Carolina A&T’s Professional Theatre Program and is responsible for creating the Hairston Middle School Thespians group and the Hairston Middle School Drama Club. Outside of her school projects, she established the FlowerChild Arts Outreach Program which allows her to get involved with the youth in her community. “Mrs. Addington is well known in the community for her many talents and involvement with the youth”, says Exceptional Children’s Teaching Assistant Tiara Matthews. “Mrs. Addington makes the students feel loved and welcomed. It shows by the smiles on their faces and shows even more through their work.”
Ed Kimbrough was recognized at the ArtsGreensboro Spring Wine Gala on Thursday, April 3 and he and Morgan Addington were presented with their awards at a Guilford County Schools Board of Education meeting!