Pittsfield Educator Named Maine Music Teacher Of The Year
Students and teachers at a Pittsfield school had a lot to celebrate Tuesday.Warsaw Middle School and staff got a big surprise.During an assembly, an announcement was made that one of their teachers was named the Maine Music Teacher of the Year.Marisa Weinstein received the honor from the Maine Music Educators Association.”I mean, all teachers work hard, but Music teachers put so much of their time and passion and energy so you know to have done that now for close to 30 years and have a little bit of recognition is sweet, I have to admit, it’s very nice, but like I said, it’s also very humbling because there are so many amazing music teachers that are dear friends of mine,” said Weinstein.For more than two decades, Marisa Weinstein has been unlocking musical ability from kids that have walked these halls.”I started teaching 24 years ago with Ms. Weinstein. I had the pleasure of having both my kids have her as a teacher,” said Assistant Principal, Sharon Littlefield.”Without her, I wouldn’t have had my love for music, and I wouldn’t have carried it in into high school,” said Karissa Ballard, a former student and junior at Maine Central Insitute.Hannah Wardwell, also a former student and junior at MCI, said a few words in front of the school about how Weinstein helped her.”I was bullied in middle school and I went to her when I needed help with things and she just brought music into my life that was a way to escape to get away forming bullying and other things,” said Wardwell.”She gave us all a passion for music and I don’t think I could have loved it as much as I did and I don’t know what I would have done during middle school. I would have been one of those bored kids during study hall drawing and doodling and I had something that gave me drive and it made me passionate about something,” said Nicole Peters, a former student and junior at MCI.A beloved member of the staff, it wasn’t hard to sing her praises.”We were asked back in January to write letters to nominate Marisa for the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, and we all thought she had a good chance out winning, but of course we are extraordinarily happy that she did and she, everyday, demonstrates why she’s worthy of that award,” said Principal Kristen Gilbert.It was a big surprise and as she says, a little embarrassing, but exciting to receive the accolade with such a highly deserving group of educators in the state.”I mean, all teachers work hard, but music teachers put so much of their time and passion and energy so you know to have done that now for close to 30 years and have a little bit of recognition is sweet, I have to admit, it’s very nice, but like I said, it’s also very humbling because there are so many amazing music teachers that are dear friends of mine. It’s all great. It’s music, and itâ€™s children, how could you go wrong, it’s a great profession. I’m really lucky. Blessed,” said Weinstein.