Drury Music Teacher Receives State Award
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Aldonna Girouard of Housatonic was presented with the Lowell Mason Award at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Conference at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston.
Girouard has served as a music educator at Drury High School since 1995 and recently assumed additional responsibilities as the director of Fine and Performing Arts for the North Adams Public Schools.
The Lowell Mason Award is presented annually to members of MMEA who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in music education and have made important contributions to music, music education, and MMEA.
Carl Jenkins, recently retired from Drury High School, nominated Girouard for the award.
“Her ability to focus on diverse aspects of education makes her unique among music educators,” Jenkins said.
His nomination cites her expansion of the music program to allow greater student access; the addition of a unique performing arts management course; her active participation with MMEA; and her leadership with numerous school committees and initiatives.
She is additionally recognized for her commitment to community service-learning and multiple student projects addressing social justice and the arts, such as her “Mill Children” project that explored the history of local child labor.