President-Elect Election Candidates

Meet the Nominees for NWKE President, Heidi McIlroy and Melanie Shaw. Read below for their statements
Heidi McIlroy, OAKE Western II Regional Representative and former NWKE secretary
Heidi: I am thrilled to be nominated for NWKE president. I served on the NWKE board as secretary from 2012-2014. In 2015, I started my term as Western Division Representative for the National OAKE board. During this time, I was pleased to see how well regarded and strong the NWKE chapter is on the national level. My goals as president would be to continue serving our members and building on the momentum that’s been created over the last five years. I would like to work on continuing to expand our membership and work closely with the Levels program to encourage members to take and complete their levels. I would also like to support young teachers and bring them to the Kodály fold with a focus on student teachers and college students. “Only the best is good enough for a child” has always been one of my favorite Kodály quotes and I want to pass that on to the next generation of teachers so that our next generation of students grow up with the best music education possible.
Melanie Shaw, NWKE Hospitality Committee Chair

Melanie: I am a third-year elementary music teacher in the Kent School District. This year, I am serving as a committee chair of hospitality on the NWKE board and I have completed two Kodaly levels at Seattle Pacific University. I am very passionate about the Kodály method and I hope to reach as many students and teachers with the same Kodály bug that I have caught! After serving on the board this year, I would like to be further involved in providing the high quality professional development for which NWKE is known. I will work to delegate with the board to provide the most prevalent and productive opportunities for our membership. The most important job that a president has is to listen to the needs and ideas of members and to provide solutions and opportunities that meet those needs. I am organized, efficient and dedicated and I believe that I can serve you well as the next president of NWKE. Thank you for your consideration.

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