Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association

Important dates for 2017-18

Oct. 1 - Deadline for NEKMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator nominations
Nov. 4 - District High School Auditions @ Olathe East HS
Dec. 2 - NEKMEA Mini-Conventions
Choir: Shawnee Mission Northwest HS
Orchestra: Olathe South HS
Band: Blue Valley HS
The full 2017-18 schedule has been published. Please check the Calendar page.
2017-18 NEKMEA Award Winners
Outstanding Choir Teacher (High School) (tie)
Laura VanLeeuwen, Olathe West HS, 17 years
Pam Williamson, Olathe Northwest High School, 26 years

Outstanding Orchestra Teacher (High School)
Greg Ferguson, Olathe South HS, 30+ years

Outstanding Band Teacher (High School)
Daniel Freeman, 12 years at Blue Valley North High School

Outstanding Middle Level Band Director
Aimee DeSotel, Eisenhower MS (KCK) band/orchestra 6-8, 11 years, middle level band

Outstanding Middle Level Choir Director
Erin Stewart, Prairie Trail Middle School (Olathe), 16 years

Outstanding Middle Level Orchestra Director
Jennifer Klinkenberg, Prairie Trail Middle School, 17 years

Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher
Fred Zimmerman, Frank Rushton Elementary KCK, 25 years

Outstanding Honor Administrator
Jon Pfau, Superintendent of Oskaloosa Public Schools, USD #341

Outstanding Young Educators of the Year
  • Teresa Edgar, Strings Teacher at Washington High School, Bethel, JFK, & White Church Elementary Schools in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • Joel Wagoner, Assistant Director of Bands at Blue Valley North High School and 5th Grade Beginning Band Instructor at Valley Park and Mission Trail Elementary Schools.

KMEA Membership Requirement

The NEKMEA board voted to require membership in NAfME-KMEA in order to register students for NEKMEA honor groups. This is in line with the KMEA policy requiring membership in order to register students for KMEA All-State ensembles.

  1. Join NAfME. Indicate Kansas in your membership profile.
  2. Set up an account in the KMEA Members website. This creates a connection between your NAfME profile and KMEA's registration systems.
  3. After creating an account in the KMEA Members site, select your district affiliation so you may participate in elections.
  4. When registering students for NE district or All-State ensembles, your NAfME ID will be part of the registration.
  5. Do not wait until the deadline day to start this process!
KMEA Northeast District
Attention New Teachers!
Be sure to check out the New Teacher's Handbook. It is full of great suggestions and helpful reminders. While you're at the KMEA website, you can find more about our mentoring program, plus lots of information about KMEA.