Pinellas teacher of the year awarded to band director

February 26, 2014 by  

Kevin Ford, director of the Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Band, was recently named as the Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2013-2014 by the Pinellas Education and the Pinellas School district, of which Largo is a part. No doubt banner printing is being used throughout the area to let the community become aware of this recognition.

There were 80 nominations and 10 finalists for the award. Ford had to undergo two hours of judging and be interviewed by Superintendent Michael Grego and his cabinet. This recognition entitles him to compete for Florida Teacher of the Year.

Sheridan Markham, band president and piccolo-section leader, commented that Ford is well deserving of this award. Someone who can motivate over 200 high school band students to practice for 18 months and then march down the streets of New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has to be a special kind of person.

Ford has received other such acknowledgements in the past, such as the Tarpon Springs Teacher of the Year in 1997. He also founded at the high school the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts.

However, Ford considers that his greatest contribution is helping his students to become adults with strong character. He was proud of his students’ support in playing at the award ceremony and the loud cheers when the announcement was made.