Hope Ragan is the Outstanding Elementary String Teacher of the Year, as named by the East Central Kansas Music Education Association (ECKMEA).
Ragan, who has served as the Shawnee Mission South Area elementary and middle school string teacher for seven years, is recognized for her encouragement to students and contributions to the string program.
“We are excited for Hope’s recognition and excited that others have recognized her talent and what she brings to us, Bill Thomas, Shawnee Mission Performing Arts coordinator, shared.
Ragan has contributed to writing elementary string curriculum, directed the South area honor strings group and is known for encouraging all string players. She has been integral to the entire Shawnee Mission School District elementary instrumental music staff by designing a website to promote all beginning instrumental programs, Thomas noted.
“Hope is an All-Star string teacher!” Thomas exclaimed. “Congratulations Hope!”
Award winners are nominated by their colleagues for their exceptional teaching and support of music students. KMEA is an organization of music educators in Kansas committed to supporting music educators by fostering leadership, providing professional development, and promoting the advocacy of music learning in schools and communities, according to the KMEA website.
Ragan will be honored at the KMEA In-Service Workshop in the spring.