By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
Jeffrey Rowser, a music teacher at MCHS for three years with over 30 years of teaching experience, was named Music Educator of the Year by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA).
The award will be presented at the 2014 (GMEA) In-Service Conference in Savannah on Jan 25. The annual award is decided by an unannounced committee of GMEA members.
The candidates are confidentially nominated by a GMEA member and the committee selects. Rowser teaches instrumental music and oversees the marching band, symphonic band and jazz band at MCHS.
“It’s very humbling because there are so many great music educators in our state. We have well over 2500 members in our music association.
It’s overwhelming to be recognized like this,” said Rowser. Rowser believes his position as a teacher is more than a career.
“My mom and dad were educators, and I have family members who were teachers and in ministry. I didn’t want to go into ministry, but I went into the education field and feel that is my mission, working with and educating my students,” explained Rowser.
Superintendent Ralph Bennett is proud of Rowser’s vision and talent for the music program at MCHS. “While he’s known as the “band director,” the community some times forgets that Mr. Rowser is, first, and foremost an educator.
Therefore, it’s fitting that he’s being recognized as the Music Educator of the Year. Mr. Rowser’s knowledge of music, his infectious enthusiasm for his subject, his ability to develop supportive relationships with students, his willingness to collaborate with fellow educators, and his unrelenting push for exceptional performance from his students are the characteristics that I believe have contributed, at least in part, to this recognition by his music colleagues.
Morgan County is very fortunate to have Mr. Rowser as an educator and he is more than deserving of the recognition of Educator of the Year,” said Bennett. Principal of MCHS Jim Malanowski praised Rowser for his accomplishments. “Mr. Rowser is man of character who is a great role model for students.
He’s not just teaching students about music, he’s teaching them about leadership and character,” said Malanowski.
“He gets students to do more than they think they can through the shows they produce and the competitions they compete in. Their reputation in competitions and the quality of their half-time shows have earned them invitations to the Outback Bowl and next year’s Hollywood (CA) Parade,” added Malanowski. Rowser plans to continue living out his mission with his students.
“I hope they walk away from my class with a love for music, and most importantly, with a love for people, all kinds of different people and team activities,” said Rowser. “I dont think I could accept an award like this without thanking my students, their parents and the administrators for all tremendous support they’ve given to me as a director.”