Strings director named Educator of the Year

Missouri American String Teachers Association past President Steve Patton presents the Missouri American String Association's Secondary Educator of the Year Award to Susan Rola´,  Lindbergh High School orchestra director and strolling strings director.

Missouri American String Teachers Association past President Steve Patton presents the Missouri American String Association’s Secondary Educator of the Year Award to Susan Rola´, Lindbergh High School orchestra director and strolling strings director.

Lindbergh High School Orchestra Director and Strolling Strings Director Susan Rola´ recently was named Secondary Educator of the Year by the Missouri American String Teachers Association.

This award was presented at the American String Teachers Association-Missouri Chapter luncheon during the Missouri Music Educators Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

Rola´ is in her 24th year as director of orchestras at LHS, and the program has significantly expanded since her arrival in 1990, according to a news release. The only strings teacher at the time, Rola´ taught just seven students at LHS. Today, she and her colleagues teach 447 students, from elementary all the way through high school.

Rola´ may be best known for her student group, the LHS Strolling Strings, the release stated. Around the district, Angela Dunsford also leads Advanced Fourth-Grade Strings, and Michelle Howard heads up the Middle School Fiddlers Groups and Elementary Honors Orchestra.

The Secondary Educator of the Year must be a member of MoASTA with at least five years of teaching experience in Missouri, who has exhibited exemplary work at the secondary teaching level.