Ms. Dickert Named Elementary Music Educator of the Year
Virginia Dickert has been named the 2020 Elementary Music Educator of the Year. The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) recognized Ms. Dickert’s outstanding merit in music teaching and her service to students, the community, and her profession. She received the FMEA Elementary Music Educator of the Year Award during the FMEA Conference in Tampa on January 10.
Ms. Dickert has been the Music Specialist at Jacksonville Country Day School for 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Jacksonville University. Virginia has spent over 39 years teaching in both the private and public school systems of Jacksonville and conducting choirs in several local churches. In 2018, the University of North Florida recognized Ms. Dickert with the Gladys Prior Award for Career Teaching Excellence.
Ms. Dickert has been active in FMEA for many years. She consistently has students who participate in the All-State Elementary performing groups and assists with logistics each year.
Always seeking to help those less fortunate, Virginia has successfully written grant projects through FMEA and the Jacksonville Symphony Guild, bringing instruments and collaborative music experiences to Title I public schools in Duval County. In 2013, Virginia was recognized with the FMEA Exemplary Project Award for her work in collaborating her students with those in Title I schools.
“Virginia Dickert’s unselfish drive and enthusiasm for bringing high-quality musical experiences to all children that define her professional career,” a media release from FMEA said.
Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.