JANUARY 2012—Dr. Sandra Doneski, Associate Professor Music, and Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Music Education at Gordon College has been chosen by the MMEA (Massachusetts Music Educators Association) as the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to only one recipient in recognition of exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments in the advancement of music education in the schools of Massachusetts.
Dr. Sandra Doneski has been recognized for her leadership to music education in the areas of choral conducting, curriculum design and assessment, and teaching that is informed by research. She has demonstrated concern for new teachers and her initiation of the Embracing the New Music Educator Program—a partnership between Gordon College and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association —has been so successful, it is being instituted across the state.
Dr. Doneski has demonstrated superior commitment to teaching young people through music, and the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, the schools, and the community. She exhibits leadership in educational innovation, recognizes the necessity for continued professional growth, and remains highly involved in local, district, state, regional and national professional organizations.
Sandy is recognized by her peers as a model of leadership characterized by integrity, vision, and the ability to inspire others—all with unyielding humility. Her vision for the music education program at Gordon, both undergraduate and graduate, has established Gordon as a top choice for the study of music education among many music educators in and out of state.
Sandra Doneski will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. during the Keynote Address of the annual MMEA All State Conference in the Plaza Ballroom of the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA.