DEL MAR — The California Music Educators Association recently named Jodi Neilson from Ocean Air School as an Outstanding Music Educator. Neilson was one of only eight music teachers in the state to be honored with the annual award.
Neilson began teaching private piano lessons when she was in sixth grade. After receiving her teaching credential in 1990, she starting teaching music in public schools. She has been with the Del Mar Union School District for 10 years.
Neilson was nominated for the award last year by Gary Wilson, former principal at Ocean Air. Candidates included kindergarten through eighth-grade music teachers.
“This (award) is a reflection of our district,” she said. “Without the support of the Del Mar community, parents, staff and administration, I would not be able to offer such a comprehensive music program that enhances the development of the whole child.
“I only wish that all students in the state of California were allowed the opportunity to experience the enriched curriculum that Del Mar offers,” she said.
One teacher from each of eight regions in California was selected. Neilson represents an area that includes San Diego and Imperial counties.
She received her award during the California Music Educators Association banquet earlier this month in Sacramento and was recognized by the Del Mar Union School District at the March 24 meeting.
“This is the highest honor I have ever received,” she said.