The semifinalists will be announced in September and will receive cash honorariums, with generous support and resources provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
Breene-Ukrisna moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2013 where she started teaching elementary general music and band with Education Through Music – Los Angeles. She subsequently became the co-director of the elementary band programs for the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD), as well as the flute-teaching artist for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. She now calls the El Segundo Unified School District her full-time home where she is the music teacher at Richmond Street School and the kindergarten music teacher at Center Street School. Breene-Ukrisna also works with the South Bay Music Association’s after-school music programs and Summer Symposium.
Recently seen conducting ESUSD elementary bands at the annual spring concert, the audience was entertained by the musical talents and poise her young students displayed during their performance. The El Segundo Unified School District wishes Breene-Ukrisna the best of luck and appreciates her commitment and participation in the El Segundo community.