Day: January 7, 2011

Teacher of the Year 2009: Wayne Splettstoeszer

Wayne Splettstoeszer, Director of Instrumental Music/Music Technology of Torrington High School, has received the 2009 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year award.


Wayne Splettstoeszer received his BS-ED and Master’s Degree in music education from Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut. As a music teacher at Saint Bernard High School in Uncasville, Connecticut from 1994-1996 he was in charge of all aspects of the music program. Since 1996 Wayne has been Director of Bands/Music Technology at Torrington High School, Torrington, Connecticut. Under his direction the Torrington High School Symphonic, Jazz and Marching Bands have grown and received numerous first place awards. In 2006 the THS “Pride of Torrington” Marching Band was selected to represent the State of Connecticut in the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C. In 2007 the Torrington High School String Orchestra received 1st Place Best Appearing High School Orchestra at the Festivals of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008 the Torrington High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble both received 1st Place Superior Ratings and Adjudicator’s Awards as the highest scoring ensembles at the Heritage Music Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Torrington High School also received Instrumental and Festival Sweepstakes Awards as well. The Torrington High School Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform with the United States Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble on their 2008 Connecticut Tour.

Teacher of the Year 2007: Mike Fein

WYNCOTE, PA, March 1, 2007 — TI:ME (The Technology Institute for Music Educators) has selected the winner of its “Teacher of the Year” award, an annual distinction that recognizes educators who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in the area of music education technology. This year’s recipient was Michael Fein, a high school music educator from Haverford High School in Havertown, Pennsylvania.


Photo Caption: TI:ME executive director John Dunphy (L) and TI:ME president Thomas Rudolph (R) present the “Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award” to Michael Fein.

Teacher of the Year 2006: Karen Garrett

garrettheadKaren Garrett was selected by TI:ME as the 2006 TI:ME Teacher of the Year. In addtion to her classroom achievements, her website,, is an example of an extraordinary effort by an educator who utilizes technology to its fullest extent. This site is an extension of Karen’s music technology classroom at Central Park School in Birmingham, AL. She has been teaching Instrumental Music at Central Park since 1992. Over the years, this website has been a place that many music educators have visited and have come away with great strategies for their own work. Karen was honored at the TI:ME National Conference in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, January 4 preceding the TI:ME Keynote address. Congratulations, Karen.


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