John Zschunke, an instrumental music teacher at Rosemount Middle School in District 196, was selected to receive the Music Educator of the Year Award by the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). The award is given to up to four Minnesota music teachers each year who have demonstrated excellence in music teaching and learning.
“I am very honored and humbled to be named Minnesota Music Educators Association Music Teacher of the Year,” Zschunke said. “There are many, many outstanding band directors in our state, so to be acknowledged by an organization of your professional peers is deeply gratifying.”
Zschunke will be recognized at the 2018 MMEA Midwinter Clinic on Feb. 23 in Minneapolis. His name will be added to the MMEA Educator of the Year perpetual plaque, which is displayed at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. In addition, his accomplishments will be highlighted in the MMEA journal and on the organization’s website.
“Mr. Zschunke continuously inspires a passion and appreciation for music within the Rosemount Middle School community and beyond,” Principal Eric Hansen said. “Our school community is so proud of Mr. Zschunke and this well-deserved achievement.”
Zschunke has worked in District 196 for 28 years. He has instructed music at Rosemount High School and at Rosemount Middle School.
“Being a band director is not a job but a passion,” Zschunke said. “Since I have taught at all grade levels, people ask me which age level I enjoy most. There are no ages to learning music, just different experience levels. Put me in a room with people who want to make music together and that’s where I want to be.”