Educator of the Year
Recognizing the contributions our schools make to our community, this honor goes to an educator who demonstrates outstanding contributions to education and the community.
Art Aytay, III – Osceola High School Band Director
“It is important to start off by mentioning that any of the contributions which have been made by the band, do not fall on my shoulders, but rather are accomplishments the STUDENTS of the band have made. The extreme PRIDE and COURAGE these students exhibit daily is truly awe-inspiring.”
That is the statement of a true educator.
Art believes strongly that music, much like sports, can be an excellent vehicle for teaching students the value of hard work, dedication, teamwork, and self-reliance.
Art would like to share a quote from JoHann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is on a poster left by Mr. Kinne in 1995 for the new young teacher to find. The poster is still on the wall in the band room office today:
Team of authors contribute. Germaine Ross, Chamber Director, Nancy Beck, Board Member.