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Orchestra Teacher Named Best by Her Peers

For the second time in her career, Sara Good was named best in the business by her peers.

There are 79 schools in District 10 of the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association. At an association meeting on April 17, nominations were accepted for Orchestra Teacher of the Year. Members then voted for the teacher that they believe has demonstrated the highest order of excellence in music education. Good’s fellow conductors chose her.

Good is the orchestra director at Grandville Middle School and has been with the school district’s music program since 2004. “District 10 is full of outstanding music teachers, and it is an honor to be chosen by them for this award,” says Good. “Inspiring students, supportive parents, collaborative colleagues, and excellent administrative leaders all make Grandville a wonderful place to teach every day. I look forward to many more years of making music together.”

“Sara is a master teacher,” says Maureen Ross, Grandville Middle School band director. “Her students are excellent musicians who not only play notes, but make the music come alive. She has the ability to get her students to perform in a professional manner while still having fun in the process. Sara is also the ultimate team player. Grandville Middle School truly has a music department of teachers who work well together and value all aspects of our music program — orchestra, choir and band. Sara works collaboratively with her colleagues to provide opportunities for all students.”

“We are so fortunate to have teachers with the skill, passion and capacity like Sara. She is a tremendous teacher, who continually strives to improve her own instruction and, in doing so, improves the culture of learning for all the teachers around her,” says Assistant Superintendent Scott Merkel.

A summa cum laude graduate of Hope College, Good completed her master’s degree in music education in 2010 at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. In addition to teaching, she is the associate concertmaster of the Holland Symphony and an assistant organist at LaGrave Avenue Church. She was previously named District Orchestra Teacher of the Year in 2011.

Good is now eligible to be Orchestra State Teacher of the Year. The nomination process begins this June at the association’s state executive board meeting.
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