By Sally Marks
Cactus Canyon Junior High Principal, Courtney Castelhano will receive the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) Outstanding Administrator Award at the Mesa Convention Center, 200 N. Centennial Way, during the Hall of Fame luncheon in the Arizona ballroom at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 1.
The award is given in recognition of demonstrated leadership concerning music instruction within schools. The recipient of this award must demonstrate outstanding support of the total music education program that the administrator is responsible for.
Recipients are nominated by the general membership and affirmed by the AMEA nominating committee. CCJH Teachers Andie Chung, Lisa Schroeder and Kroy Miller all wrote letters of recommendations for Mrs. Castelhano.
“I have seen and been directly affected by Mrs. Castelhano taking action amongst our district and community, finding creative solutions to difficult challenges so our students in the Performing Arts will have the best possible outcomes,” said Lisa Schroeder, a drama teacher who recently staged a musical at Cactus Canyon Junior High. “Often, Mrs. Castelhano is found volunteering her expertise, support and time to these programs in need.”
Mrs. Schroeder, Mr. Miller and Ms. Chung commended Mrs. Castelhano for her outstanding leadership and support of music education, as well as her willingness to mentor staff.
“For me, it is very important that the administration cares about students as well as the program,” said Ms. Chung, choral director at CCJH and Apache Junction High School. “Mrs. Castelhano never fails to attend our events and even helps as a chaperon at concerts and choral festivals.”