The Racine Unified School District has so many talented educators, including many in the fine arts. This year, the District has three quarterfinalists for the Grammy’s 2023 Music Educator Award! They are Laura Shapovalov at Walden III, Amberleigh Cellak at Starbuck and Elizabeth Steege at Case. The three RUSD teachers are among just 207 quarterfinalists remaining from the initial 1,500 nominations from private and public schools, kindergarten through college.
The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to maintaining music education in schools.
The field will now be narrowed down to fifteen semi-finalists who will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. From there, the field gets narrowed to ten finalists. One recipient will be flown to Los Angeles and be recognized at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. The nine other finalists will receive a $1000 honorarium. All ten finalists’ schools will also receive $1000 grants.