On November 19, the Alaska Music Educators Association (AMEA) named Barbara Nore of North Pole Middle School, Alaska Music Educator of the Year. The AMEA is a local affiliate of the National Association of Music Education.
Nore began her career with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in 1984 and joined North Pole Middle in 1992.
Throughout her tenure at North Pole Middle, Nore has taught a wide scope of classes including orchestra, band, French, technology and math. Additionally, Nore leads an after school hand bell choir and Close-Up, a program that exposes students to government. Each year Nore leads students to Juneau, Alaska and Washington D.C. to experience government close up and as Nore says, “learn what it means to become effective citizens.”
Nore has consistently broadened her students’ education by leading trips. In 2006, she led a group to New York City, NY where they joined the National Anthem Project, visited famous landmarks and sang with hundreds of other young performers at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. The National Anthem Project was a unique and memorable venture that celebrated music education through community anthem sings and special events at road shows throughout the United States.
In addition to her passion for teaching, Nore has also shown tremendous dedication to her colleagues and the community. She has served as the District music coordinator, a Girl Scout leader, AMEA state president, Alaska Orff-Schulwerk Chapter president and performs weekly in the Northern Lights Orchestra.
Nore is a creative and innovative educator who is committed to providing the best education possible. She expects great work from her students every day – and their educational experience is richer as a result.