Friday, January 30, 2009





Teachers and Schools from Bassett, Burbank, Charter Oak, Culver City, Glendale, Las Virgenes, Los Angeles, Pomona, Santa Monica/Malibu,

and Whittier School Districts are Recognized for their  Exemplary Arts Education Programs


LOS ANGELES   —The Music Center of Los Angeles County, a national leader in arts education, announced the fifteen teachers and three schools named as finalists for the 27th Annual BRAVO Awards, honoring teachers and schools for exemplary arts education. The BRAVO Awards are an integral part of the Music Center’s leadership in supporting quality arts education for all students. 

BRAVO Awards nominations were made by principals, faculty committees, superintendents, and parents.  Finalists were chosen from over 50 applicants and participated in an extensive review process including site visits, feedback by the judging committee, and also attended a winter forum addressing key topics in arts education. 

Awards are given in three categories: Generalist, Arts Specialist, and School Recognition, and are accompanied by a cash prize (generously donated by Club 100 members Elinor Turner, and Sue Tsao.)   In an effort to acknowledge and recognize the many art educator applicants and awardees, the Bravo Awards ceremony will be held for the first time at Walt Disney Concert. The free ceremony will be followed by a dessert reception.

         The Music Center BRAVO Awards were established in 1982 to recognize teachers and schools for innovation and excellence in arts education. It honors educators who use the arts to revitalize teaching, enhance student achievement and foster self-esteem, teamwork and cross-cultural communication and understanding. The BRAVO Award is sponsored in part by Club 100; a group of dynamic women dedicated to supporting arts education programs at the Music Center. 

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Listed by category, teacher (if applicable), school name, school district




Kari Frethman          

Culver City Middle School

Culver City USD


Typhani Harris

Diamond Ranch High School

Pomona USD


Dan Hawkins

California High School

Whittier Union High School District


Joanne Karr

Walnut High School

Walnut Valley USD

Leo Krubsac

Milikan Middle School

Los Angeles USD


Kaye Ogita

Valentine Elementary

San Marino USD

Amy Rangel

Glendale High School

Glendale USD


John Whitener           

David Starr Jordan Middle School

Burbank USD



Suzanne Culbertson   

Royal Oak Middle School

Charter Oak USD


Christine Godfrey

Cabrillo High School

Long Beach USD


Barbara Ann Hickey

J.E. Van Wig Elementary

Bassett USD


Sarah Kleinberg

Herbert Hoover High School

Glendale USD


Jane McEneaney

Turning Point High School



Marlene Morris

Canyon Charter

Santa Monica-Malibu USD


Tyke O’Brien

Archer School for Girls









Gabriella Charter School

Los Angeles USD


Lindero Canyon        

Las Virgenes USD


Renaissance Arts

Los Angeles USD       





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