Beechwood School teacher honored for work in music and dramaticsEmilee Getter, a music and drama teacher at Beechwood School in Menlo Park, has been named by the San Mateo County Arts Commission as "Art Teacher of the Year for Stage and Theater," Beechwood principal David Laurance has announced.
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.
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