Corona del Sol teacher Scott Werner has received a national honor. The Director of Percussion was named by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in the 19th annual 50 Directors Who Make A Difference issue. He is the only person selected to represent Arizona.
According to the magazine, "current and former students, colleagues, peers, parents and other admirers submitted nominations for these outstanding band and orchestra directors. They were filled with moving stories of amazing and even life-changing experiences these educators created in their classrooms."
Werner, who has been teaching for 26 years, told the magazine his proudest moment as an educator was "seeing my daughter take the field for the first time as a member of my own program. Knowing that she grew up watching this thing I do and then wanted to be a part of it was really meaning to me. I'm always very proud of my students and all they accomplish, but having my daughter be a part of that? Priceless."
When asked how he hopes to make a difference in his students' lives, Werner said, "I hope to inspire a life long passion for music in my students, both as music-makers and as music enthusiasts. There are so many opportunities past high school for students to stay involved and continue making music. If I can spark that interest on any level, I will consider it a success."
The magazine's editor also asked Mr. Werner about the most important lesson he tries to teacher student. He answered, "That hard work and persistence are worth it; that sometimes the payoff is in accolades and awards, but more often than not, the true rewards come from the process itself: working toward a goal, learning to collaborate with others, holding yourself to a high standard, experiencing the joy of a great performance, taking pride in your accomplishments. These are all life lessons they can take and use anywhere."