Fine Arts teachers recognized for going above and beyond

Standing Ovation award graphic with red carpet and red velvet rope
May 14, 2018

It was an evening reminiscent of the Academy Awards. Complete with a red carpet and paparazzi welcoming them prior to entering the auditorium, NISD Fine Arts educators were treated as the stars they are at the first Standing Ovations Awards Ceremony.

“During the school year, we become so driven to bring quality to every aspect of the campus and community culture that it is often difficult to carve out time to celebrate our own successes,” said James Miculka, Director of Fine Arts programs in NISD.

“Standing Ovations is our way to celebrate your hard work and great successes.”

Miculka explained that earlier in the year, teachers were asked to nominate colleagues who they believe epitomized quality work in visual and performing arts disciplines. The nominees were notified and asked to complete an application. A panel of judges reviewed the instructor nomination forms and selected those who were to receive a Standing Ovation Award.

Below is a list of those who received Standing Ovation Awards for 2017-2018:

Award Name Recipient Schools
Rising Star-Elementary Samantha Catalano Allen ES
Rising Star-Secondary Heather McGowan Ross MS
Above & Beyond Elementary Art Jeri Ross Valley Hi ES
Above & Beyond Elementary Music Christopher Giles Mireles ES
Above & Beyond Middle School Art Theresa Yasger Rawlinson MS
Above & Beyond Middle School Band Reynaldo Flores Briscoe MS
Above & Beyond Middle School Choir Emily Jodon Folks MS
Above & Beyond Middle School Orchestra Danica Murphy Hector Garcia MS
Above & Beyond High School Art Leslie Matiacio  Clark HS
Above & Beyond High School Band Carol Rustowicz Harlan HS
Above & Beyond High School Choir Miguel Ochoa Harlan HS
Above & Beyond High School Dance Tiffany Burrell Stevens HS
Above & Beyond High School Jazz Justin Murphy Clark HS
Above & Beyond High School Orchestra Heather Gonzalez Jay HS
Above & Beyond High School Theatre Nora Moreno-Jarrell Jay HS
Stellar Success - Elementary Mireles Music Mireles ES
Stellar Success - Middle School Rawlinson Art Rawlinson MS
Stellar Success - High School Brandeis Orchestra Brandeis HS
Lifetime Achievement Judi Lunstrum Cable ES
NISD Founding Father of Fine Arts Bob Lewis  
Bravo! Award Dr. Brian Woods Superintendent

Performances during the event included the choir from Burke Elementary School, a dance number by students from Luna, Jones, Jordan, and Zachry middle schools, a theatrical number from Taft High School, and a musical art montage with the Brennan Bear Facts Jazz Choir.

Pictured are James Miculka, NISD Fine Arts Director; Bob Lewis, the first Fine Arts Director for NISD; and Dr. Brian Woods, Superintendent. Lewis received the NISD Founding Father of Fine Arts Standing Ovation Award, and Woods received the Bravo! Standing Ovation Award.

Click here to view pictures from the first Standing Ovation Awards Ceremony.