KIM HASTINGS ANNOUNCED AS 2019 MUSICOUNTS TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT
MusiCounts, is pleased to announce that Kim Hastings of Pioneer Middle School in Rocky Mountain House, AB, is the recipient of the 2019 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Hastings was surprised in her classroom with the award by MusiCounts, current and former students, colleagues, friends and family.
“We are thrilled to present Kim Hastings with this year’s MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, to recognize the impact she has made on both her students and the music education community,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “She has worked tirelessly to make the music program at Pioneer Middle School accessible to all students, and her advocacy for music education has had a positive influence on curriculums at both the local and provincial level.”
As the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient, Kim will receive a $10,000 cash donation, a significant contribution to the Pioneer Middle School music program, a spectacular crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design, and will be honoured by celebrated multi-platinum Award-winning artist Jann Arden at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on March 16, as part of JUNO Week in London, ON.
“I am completely overwhelmed and humbled to receive this award. I love teaching middle school band and am passionate about the need to have music be a part of every child’s education,” said Kim Hastings. “I am blessed to have an amazing support system in the Rocky Mountain House and could not do what I do without my family.”
A fierce advocate for music education in schools, Hastings has been a music teacher for over 30 years, 27 of them at Pioneer Middle School. She is a two-time winner of the Rocky Mountain House Mayor’s Award for Contribution to the Arts, and her school bands and ensembles have won many accolades and awards at the regional, provincial and national levels.
Hastings works tirelessly to remove barriers that students might face while trying to access music education. She often waives fees, transports students to rehearsals and created a beginner band program to allow all students the chance to explore music. An impressive seventy-five percent of Pioneer Middle School students participate in her classes, some of whom have gone on to become music teachers themselves.