Maine Music Teacher of the Year

The Maine Music Educators Association has named its 2016 Music Educator of the Year. Dana Ross, who has taught for the past 18 years at Winterport’s Samuel L. Wagner Middle School and Leroy H. Smith School in RSU 22, received the honor last month.

Dana Ross (left) with Pamela Kinsey, President, Maine Music Educators Association

The nomination letter on behalf of Ross read in part, “Mr. Ross’ ability to connect with students and his advocacy for music education has made our performing arts programs in RSU 22 among the best in the state.”

The letter noted that between 65 and 70 percent of Wagner and Smith students participated in music education programs, including extracurricular activities such as jazz band, show choir, beginning band, and individual music lessons.

At the recognition ceremony, fellow music teacher and friend, Heidi Corliss, said, “In RSU22, we talk of striving for excellence in all we do. Dana Ross exemplifies excellence in his teaching, in his care for the students, and in communication with parents. He models that excellence for students, parents, colleagues, and community members.”

For more information about music education in Maine contact Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert at