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Gwinnett teacher named Music Teacher of the Year

January 9, 2023

     Heath Jones, a McConnell Middle School teacher, has been named Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) 2023 Mike Kovins MusicHeath Jones Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes teachers who are consistently achieving the highest levels of student motivation and engagement in Music Education by infusing Music Technology into their work. 

     Mr. Jones says being named a recipient of the award is humbling. “I am incredibly honored to be recognized as the TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year,” Mr. Jones shares. “I come from a family of teachers. My mom retired after 32 years of being a public elementary school teacher. She was my first teacher and biggest fan. She passed away in the summer of 2021, but I know she would be proud. Professionally, it is humbling to join the list of past recipients of this award. To be included on the same list of educators who are leaders in the profession as well as colleagues who have been encouraging and inspirational in my own development as a teacher brings a great sense of gratitude, but also a sense of responsibility to encourage and inspire other teachers in the field.”

     As the Music Technology chair of the Georgia Music Educators Association, Mr. Jones’ peerless promotion of creative teaching methods and advocacy for Music Technology in schools is well known among his teaching peers around the state. He is also a frequent presenter on Music Technology topics at music conferences both within Georgia and at other State Music Educators Association conferences. Mr. Jones is the author of “Music Technology 101”, published by Hal Leonard, one of the finest introductory volumes currently available for Music Technology teachers. His passion for the subject and easy, personable style make it a great read for anyone who wishes to learn more about teaching Music Technology at any educational level.

     Mr. Jones says his pursuit of excellence is fueled by his environment. “Without the support and trust of GCPS leaders in establishing the first music technology programs for middle school students, not only in GCPS, but in the state of Georgia I certainly would not be where I am today,” Jones says. “David Dubose, GCPS’ Director of Fine Arts, continues to be an amazing leader, advocate, and supporter of the fine arts programs in GCPS. Derico White, current principal of McConnell Middle, has been incredibly supportive and committed to providing music learning opportunities for all of our students. I am fortunate to work for a school system that encourages its teachers to be leaders and innovators by granting the needed support and trust to provide world-class learning experiences for our students.”

     The official presentation of the award will be held in San Antonio, Texas on February 9, at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, where Mr. Jones will be hosting two professional development sessions.