The award includes a cash prize and a donation to an arts organization of the winner's choice. Ms. Getter will receive the award March 1 at the county Board of Supervisors meeting in Redwood City.
Beechwood, located at 50 Terminal Ave., is a private, K-8, low-tuition school for families from East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park.
"Serving these neighborhoods for the past 25 years, the school has a long-standing tradition of providing a broad-based education, including Mrs. Getter's Music and Drama program," Mr. Laurance said in an e-mail.
She has been teaching music and drama at Beechwood for nine years. Every other year, a full-scale musical is produced. "Choreography, set-design, acting, singing and costumes are all part of this massive undertaking in which about one-third of the students participate," Mr. Laurance said.
Last year's production of "Aladdin, Jr." played to packed houses and was a highlight of the school year, he said. In addition, Ms. Getter puts on smaller scale productions for each grade level, K-5, each year.
Visit beechwoodschool.org or call 327-5052 for more information about Beechwood School.