Jamie Gardner of Mapleweed Jr/Sr High School was nominated by Laurie Shorts. Laurie writes: Mr. Gardner has taught me so much about music. This year, he has given me the opportunity to lead the marching band as Drum Major. It is because of him that I am so successful in music. After high school I plan to be like him as a music teacher because he has inspired me to inspire teenagers about how heartfelt music can be. He has truly impacted my life and I would like to give something back to him for all the hard work he has done for me. He is a great role model for everyone, musically and personally. He is one of those people that I feel comfortable talking to because you know he wont judge you. He actually treats us students as if we have an actual opinion. Thats what I love about him. He is real and honest with us. On a serious note though, Mr. Gardner has been motivating many young musicians to go on and do great things in music. I know that he is the reason I want to be a music teacher! I want people to look up to me and I want to inspire people to go forward in music. Mr. Jamie Gardner definitely deserves this award. The opportunity he has given me only comes once or twice in a lifetime.
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