Two NEISD Teachers Honored as Outstanding Music Teachers by Country Music Association

SAN ANTONIO — Two Northeast ISD teachers will be honored in Nashville next month as recipients of the Country Music Association (CMA) and CMA Foundation Music Teacher Achievement Award.

Johnson High School band principal Jarrett Lipman and Roan Forest Elementary School music teacher Matthew Trevino will be honored at an event hosted by Country Music Hall of Famer Kix Brooks. from Brooks & Dunn on October 19.

According to a CMA press release, Trevino and Lipman are two of 30 teachers selected across the country because of their outstanding work both in their classrooms and in their communities.

“As we enter our CMA Awards season, we are thrilled to honor not only excellence in country music, but also excellence in music education,” said Tiffany Kerns, Executive Director of the CMA Foundation. “These 30 teachers are absolute rockstars, and we are so proud of their unwavering commitment to their students and their communities. We recognize that teacher retention is an issue facing schools across the country, which makes it crucial that we continue to celebrate those teachers who are not only leading the next generation, but also cultivating a positive environment for experiencing the arts.

Trevino, Lipman and the other winning teachers will receive $5,000, including $2,500 for their school’s music program and $2,500 to support professional development and personal expenses.

The CMA Foundation has also launched a “Sponsor-a-Teacher” campaign, where individuals and organizations can directly support one of this year’s winners.

“We are incredibly proud of Mr. Lipman and Mr. Trevino for this tremendous achievement,” NEISD Director of Music Programs Philip Flynn said in a district press release. “They both provide wonderful opportunities for their students and exemplify what it means to be a great teacher. We are beyond thrilled to have them recognized on the national stage.

Matthew Trevino

According to Trevino’s NEISD biography, he is in his 14th year teaching elementary music and his 9th year at Roan Forest Elementary. Trevino was a semi-finalist for the 2018 and 2022 Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. He is currently a quarter-finalist for the Grammy Awards for the fifth time.

“The CMA Foundation does incredible work supporting music programs across the country. I am touched and honored to be named the CMA Foundation Professor of Excellence in Music,” said Trevino. “We have an incredible community that has always been very supportive of our musical endeavours. That’s why I’m so happy to have two teachers from our community recognized. Our students work very hard and deserve all the recognition they deserve. I am very proud to be one of the musical leaders of our community. Thanks to the CMA Foundation for helping us feel so special. We are grateful!”

Watch a video about Trevino published by NEISD in 2020:

Jarrett Lipman

Lipman is the principal of groups at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School where he has taught since 2008, according to his NEISD biography. He is also the Brass Caption Manager of the Boston Crusaders.

Lipman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers University and will complete his master’s certification in public administration and urban planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December.

“I am so grateful to the CMA Foundation for celebrating music education and recognizing the incredible work of teachers across the country,” Lipman said. “The Foundation has also gone above and beyond to recognize our students and the impact positive support from the district administration can have on music in our schools. Mr. Trevino and I are fortunate to teach in a community that cherishes the fine arts and to work in a district with a rich tradition of supporting 360-degree education. Thank you to the CMA Foundation for honoring us.

Watch a video on Lipman published by NEISD in 2016:

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