Western Oaks Middle School Teacher Recognized for Excellence

10.31.2017 2:31 PM

Western Oaks Middle School Vocal Music Teacher Amber Mash will be awarded the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Exemplary Teacher Award on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, during the organization’s winter conference in Tulsa.

Exemplary teachers must have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of music, as evidenced by competitions, awards and peer or administrator statements. Exemplary teachers are nominated by their peers, recommended by the OkMEA awards committee and confirmed by the OkMEA executive board. Exemplary teachers much also have completed at least 15 years of active service as a music teacher and/or music administrator and been a member of OkMEA and the National Association for Music Education for a minimum of 10 years.

Mash is a 20-year veteran of teaching middle school and high school choir in Oklahoma. She is in her third year of teaching vocal music at Western Oaks, and her teaching career also includes time at Western Heights, Yukon, Mid-Del, and Union City.

Mash has been a clinician for junior high choral events in Edmond, Muskogee, and Oklahoma City. She is also an experienced adjudicator of All-State Choirs and OSSAA contests. During the summer months she can be found teaching audition music to middle and high school students at choral camps held around the state.

In addition to teaching vocal music at Western Oaks, Mash serves the school as a mentor teacher, the team leader for electives, a member of the Principal’s Guiding Coalition, and the building coordinator for teacher and leader effectiveness.

“Amber is a passionate and enthusiastic vocal music teacher who is always there for her students. She is a positive force for Western Oaks Middle School and well deserving of this award. We are truly excited for her,” says Isaac McCord, principal at Western Oaks.

Mash is currently serving as vice president of the Choral Division for OkMEA. Previously, she served on the OkMEA High School All-State Chorus committee for four years, spending two of those as the chair of the All-State Mixed Chorus. She is also an active member of the Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, Central Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education. She holds a bachelor degree in Music Education from Southern Nazarene University.