Yakima Valley Music Educator Hall of Fame

Teacher of the Year

Past Winners

  • 1996 - John Moawad (Central Washington University)
  • 1998 - Deb Wagner (Yakima School District)
  • 2000 - Gay Ott (Ellensburg School District)
  • 2002 - Robert Eggebraten (West Valley School District)
  • 2004 - Doug Kilgore (West Valley School District)
  • 2006 - Don May (Ellensburg School District)
  • 2008 - Michael Brant (Zillah School District)
  • 2010 - Ed Cunnington (East Valley School District)
  • 2012 - Scott Goranson (Yakima School District)
  • 2014 - Jeff Chang (Mt. Adams School District)
  • 2016 - Jason Schoonover (Zillah School District)
  • 2018 - Nick Maupoux (Cle Elum-Roslyn School District)

Conductor holding baton

Conductor holding baton

Friend of Music

Past winners

  • 1996 - Pam Covall
  • 1998 - Robert Thomas
  • 2000 - Nick E. Mason
  • 2002 - John Oord (Ted Brown Music)
  • 2004 - Margaret Gries (Central Washington University)
  • 2006 - Sue Connolly (Music Parent Advocate - Ellensburg)
  • 2008 - Danene Knudsen (West Valley)
  • 2010 - Pat Strosahl (The Seasons Performance hall, Yakima)
  • 2012 - Forrest Fisher (Educational Service District 105)
  • 2014 - Arelio Garcia (Arts Coordinator for Educational Service District 105)
  • 2016 - Jeff Snedeker (Central Washington University & Director of Ellensburg Music Coalition)
  • 2018 - David Rogers (Yakima Symphony Orchestra)

Sheet of music

Sheet of music

Other awards

  • Administrator of the Year:
    • 2012 - Kris Seibel (Yakima Public Schools)
    • 2014 - Dr. Peter Finch (West Valley School District)
  • Local WMEA Music Teacher of the Year winners
    • 2014 - Ron Gerhardstein (West Valley School District)

String instrument resting on sheet of music

String instrument resting on sheet of music