A message from Kayla Tiemeyer, NWKMEA District President:
GREETINGS TEACHERS! I hope your fall semester is going well. I know many are
busy with Musicals, Marching Band, League Clinics, Veteran's Concerts and
Christmas programs. The fun is just beginning as we move forward into the year.
Please note all of the information posted on our website for our mini conventions, to
take place November 4, 2017 at Hays High School and December 2, 2017 at Fort
Hays State University. Just look under the GROUPS tab and information should be
posted that you may be interested in. Also, a schedule of the November convention
is up and the December General schedule will be posted soon. The Elementary
Honor Choir Schedule is posted under the Elementary Choir Tab on our website.
PLEASE NOTE!!!! It is important for you to read the Handbook with the ByLaws and
Policies. They will be posted on the website 2 weeks before the December
convention and will need to be voted on at that time. These have to be voted on before
our December convention.
In December, we will have our General meetings and individual meetings. It is
important to attend these meetings. The changes that have been made since the
original adoption will be highlighted. There are some items of discussion: one of
them being the Copyright Law. We want to be sure we make everyone aware of what
the rules are in regards to this and that everyone understands. This is also a time for
you to ask questions... I want to be sure everyone is aware of the new items and
what is going on in our District.
We have also welcomed new teachers to our District. Advocacy/Mentoring chair as
well as our Board members, met for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and dinner
hosted by William Shick, at the Huck Boyd Center in Phillipsburg. The event was
specifically planned to welcome our new teachers.
This years District Mini Conventions look to be rewarding and educational for our
students. The November Convention clinicians include: Randy Berls of Colby
Community College, Colby, (Junior High Honor Choir); Kyle Hopkins of McPherson
College (Junior High Honor Band), and James Pisano, Bethel College (High School
Honor Jazz Band). The December Convention clinicians include: Holly Taylor of
Wichita (Elementary Honor Choir), Dr. Raul Munguia of Pittsburg State University (
High School Orchestra), Dr. Terry Crull of Fort Hays State University (High School
Honor Choir), and Tim Farrell of University of Nebraska at Kearney, (High School
Our November Convention is hosted by Hays High School in Hays on November 4th.
The Junior High Choir, Junior High Band and High School Honor Jazz Band Concert
will be at 3:30 PM in the Hays High School gymnasium. The December Convention
is hosted by Fort Hays State University on December 2nd. The Elementary Honor
Choir will perform in the Beech/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at 12:30 PM. The
High School Choir, High School Band and High School Orchestra will perform in the
Beech/Schmidt Auditorium at 3:30 PM. We hope to see you there.
Special Thanks to Don Mordecai for filling the position that Stacey Williams left
vacated. He is doing the duties that the Past President would have completed along
with his duties as President-Elect. Thank you, Don!
2017-18 Northwest District Outstanding Educator Awards
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NORTHWEST DISTRICT OUTSTANDING
EDUCATORS. The educators include: Susan Keith of Ellsworth (Elementary
Honored Educator), Tamra Cochran of Norton (Middle Level Honored Educator), Joan
Crull of Hays (High School Honored Educator), Pat Ziegelmeier of Colby (College
Level Honored Educator), and Stacy Green of Stockton (Honored Administrator).
CONGRATULATIONS to Tamra Cochran who has been selected to represent our
Northwest District as our Outstanding Educator at the State level, in February and to
Stacey Green the Honored Administrator who will represent our District at the State
level, in February.
Susan Keith - Elementary Honored Educator
Susan Keith is in her 27th year of teaching music for the USD 327 Ellsworth school
system. She serves as the Kindergarten through 4th grade general music instructor,
and as the accompanist for the Ellsworth High School choir and Ellsworth Singers,
along with being an assistant volleyball coach. Susan studied privately with Janeal
Ryan, Alta Mellick, Gloria Blackwell, John Huber, Robert Edwards, and Mary Ellen
Sutton. She honors these instructors, along with Dr. Jana Fallin, Dr. David Royse,
and Stanley Finck for their contribution to her musical education. A native of
McCracken Kansas, Susan attended schools in Alexander, McCracken, and
graduated from Ransom High School, where she had many fine teachers and
coaches who helped shape her life. Susan went on to study music education at
Kansas State University earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in music
education. Susan has previously served as the CMENC Vice President, NWKMEA
District Elementary Assistant Chair, and the KSU Music Symposium Co-Chairman.
She was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary and holds membership
in Mu Phi Epsilon Music Honorary. Susan is a pianist/organist for St. Bernard's
Catholic Church, along with accompanying in Ellsworth and the surrounding area.
Susan is the wife of Mike Keith, who is also a teacher, and mother of Shannon, a
junior at KSU and a member of the Pride of Wildcatland. Susan is extremely proud of
all her former students who have pursued music in their adult life, but is equally proud
of all the accomplishments of the great young adults in the professional world that
she has had the honor of teaching
Tamra Cochran - Middle Level Honored Educator
Tamra Cochran teaches junior and senior high vocal music and music theory in
Norton, KS. She is in her 29th year of teaching. She has taught kindergarten through
college level students. Additionally, she has directed several adult choirs. Tamra has
served as an adjudicator at several music festivals in Kansas. She has also had the
privilege to be the guest clinician for the Northern Plains League and was also asked
to serve as Director of the Women's Honor Choir for the Western State Honor Choir
Festival in Gunnison, CO.
Tamra earned her B.A. from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. Studying with John Paul
Johnson and Paul Tucker, Tamra earned a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting
from the University of Kansas. While at KU, she was the director of the KU Women's
Glee and the University Singers.
Choral music, more specifically the love of singing, has been her passion from a very
early age. The opportunity to connect with the students is what keeps her vested in
education. "The resilience of our students has always amazed me. Their ability to
rise to the challenge and succeed is an exciting adventure. Music just happens to be
that vehicle and I have been given the opportunity to work and learn with them."
In addition to teaching, Ms. Cochran loves singing and leading worship at her church.
Outside of music she can be found fishing, camping, walking with her Mini Aussies
and simply loving the great outdoors.
Cochran is active in ACDA, KCDA, NAfME and KMEA.
Joan Crull - High School Honored Educator
Joan Crull's teaching experience has spanned 38 years, 5 states, thousands of
students, and subjects as diverse as orchestra, general music, choir, and 1st grade
classroom. She holds a B.A. from Dordt College, and has done graduate work at the
University of Southern California, St. Thomas University, University of North Dakota,
and the University of South Dakota. Currently she teaches Orchestra at Hays High,
where her students consistently receive Superior ratings, Hays Middle School, and is
the general music teacher at O'Loughlin Elementary. She has served on the KASTA
board and is currently NWKMEA orchestra chair. Joan is married to Terry and has
four grown children. Her motto is a quote from Yeats: "Teaching is not a filling of the
pail, but a lighting of the fire."
Pat Ziegelemeier - Honored College Educator
Pat Ziegelmeier has served as music instructor and accompanist for Colby
Community College since 1988. She received her Bachelor's degree from the
University of Wyoming and her Master's degree from Fort Hays State University. Pat
is the executive secretary for the Kansas Music Teachers Association, and the
Executive Director of Western Plains Arts Association. She also serves as organist
and music coordinator at the Colby United Methodist Church.
Pat and her husband Carl reside on their farm near Gem, and they have five children,
Matt, Steve, Lisa, Amy and Lori. They also have fourteen wonderful grandchildren.
Pat credits her love of music to her parents, especially her mother. She tries to help
her students experience the joy of music while striving for excellence in their musical
endeavors. She hopes all her students will take with them a love of music that will
last throughout their lives.
Stacey Green - Honored Administrator
Stacey Green is the Pk-8 Principal at Stockton Grade School, USD #271, Stockton,
Kansas. This is her fifth year as the building administrator. Stacey has had the privilege of
serving all 27 years of her career to the students, staff, and stakeholders at USD #271,
with the first seven years as an early childhood special education teacher with the North
Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative.
Mrs. Green is a graduate of Hill City High School, she earned her B.A. in Elementary
Education and Early Childhood Special Education at Bethany College in 1990. She
completed her Masters Program at Fort Hays State University in 1996 and has added
additional licenses through FHSU since her first M.S.degree finish.
Stacey is active in her community and she enjoys playing in her church's chime choir. She
and her husband, Kirk, have two children, Audrey and Joel, who are both Stockton School
graduates. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family and
her extended family at USD #271.
Mrs. Green knows that music education opens the doors to learning for students of all
ages and it enriches their lives and education. Music offerings engage students and it is
these fine arts programs that often keep students in school. Mrs. Green values and
supports the collaboration of staff to support social emotional and character development in
the music classes. The music classrooms are also excellent environments to focus on the
Tiger Touchstones which are creativity, confidence, honesty, integrity, respect, and
Congratulations again to our Honored Educators!