The Western Guilford High music teacher received the award yesterday at ArtsGreensboro’s Annual Meeting

Tammy Larrick, art teacher at Millis Road Elementary, was recognized as Runner-Up

ArtsGreensboro presented the 2016 Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award yesterday to Jancie Reinbold, a music teacher and Cultural Arts Department Chair at Western Guilford High in Greensboro. Mrs. Reinbold received the award during ArtsGreensboro’s Annual Meeting, held at Revolution Mill.

Shortly after joining the Western Guilford faculty in 2000, Mrs. Reinbold embarked on a journey to enhance learning and provide opportunities for creativity through music. One of her most stunning accomplishments is Western Guilford’s Piano Lab, which Mrs. Reinbold created by submitting grant proposals to different funders, including ArtsGreensboro. Since 2002, when she received her first grant for eight keyboards, Mrs. Reinbold has written nearly 10 other successful grants, continuously expanding the number and caliber of instruments available for students. She has even involved students in developing projects and writing grants for enhancing the piano lab; these student-led grant applications have all been fully funded. Mrs. Reinbold also is passionate about choral performance; her students have received superior ratings year after year at North Carolina Music Educators Association Choral Festivals.

One of Mrs. Reinbold’s four-year choral students, Edward Goldman, who recently graduated from Western, said, “I am grateful to have met [Mrs. Reinbold]. She has watched me grow over the years and helped mold me into who I am today.”

Mrs. Reinbold received a plaque and $1,000 for professional development. The award was presented by ArtsGreensboro Board Chair Florence Gatten and Award Committee Chair Sandy Neerman.

Tammy Larrick, the art teacher at Millis Road Elementary, was named the 2016 Arts Education Teacher of the Year Runner-Up. Mrs. Larrick not only teaches art classes during the regular school day, but also leads after-school art clubs throughout the school year for students and teachers. Every year, she engages the entire school in a service learning project, “One Day Without Shoes,” to show students what life is like for children in third-world countries. Mrs. Larrick also produces an annual, must-see school-wide Art Show that includes one piece of work from every child in the school. One of her former students, Mackenzie Wheeless, who is now in middle school, said, “[Mrs. Larrick] is the perfect example of a devoted art teacher. I wish everyone could have a chance to have someone like her in their life.”

Both Mrs. Reinbold and Mrs. Larrick will be honored at the Guilford County Board of Education meeting on June 30, 2016.

Established in 2006 by ArtsGreensboro in partnership with Guilford County Schools, the Arts Education Teacher of the Year award recognizes an outstanding arts educator in the Guilford County School System.