Palm Beach Symphony names Victor Fernandez Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year

Victor Fernandez, who leads general school-wide music education at Beacon Cove Intermediate in Jupiter, is the 2020 Palm Beach Symphony Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year.

This honor recognizes kindergarten to grade 12 educators in Palm Beach County who play an active role in the community as performing arts educators and demonstrate an ability to teach and inspire students. The nominees were judged by a panel of musicians, industry professionals and other Palm Beach County educators.

“Although I didn’t participate in the judgment, Victor Fernandez is my son’s music teacher and he absolutely loves him,” said David McClymont, CEO of Palm Beach Symphony. “I see first-hand the positive impact Victor has in encouraging students and nurturing their interest in music.”

Fernandez was also named the Palm Beach County School District Dwyer Award winner in 2017, Palm Beach County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year in 2016 and Teamwork USA Teacher of the Year 2016. In addition to his classroom work, he created the String Pedagogy YouTube channel to provide underserved students with additional free opportunities to improve.

The honor is accompanied by a ‘basket of indulgences’, containing gift items and gift certificates to local retailers, as well as numerous educational opportunities with the Symphony, both of which will be scheduled in accordance with guidelines from local authorities. , state and CDC. officials. These opportunities include coaching sessions by Palm Beach Symphony musicians and free tickets to winner’s classes to attend a Palm Beach Symphony concert.

Active in his profession, Fernandez is a member of the Florida Orchestra Association, for which he previously served as district president and overall state coordinator. He is also a member of the Florida Music Educators Association and served for two years on its board of directors.

A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Fernandez received a master’s degree in music education from Florida State University, where he also earned undergraduate degrees in music education and music performance. He also holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership from the American College of Education.

Nominations for the Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year award are open in the fall. Full details are available in the Programs tab under Music Education at palmbeachsymhony.org.

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