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Principal Schmidt with SBHS music instructions at OMEA Awards Banquet January 18, 2020
Principal Schmidt with SBHS music instructions at OMEA Awards Banquet January 18, 2020
Gresham-Barlow principal receives state award for dedication and support of school music programs (Photo) - 02/12/20

Sam Barlow High School principal receives Outstanding Administrator Award from the Oregon Music Educators Association

The Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) has awarded its Outstanding Administrator Award to Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) Principal Bruce Schmidt. The award was presented to Principal Schmidt at the association’s conference banquet on January 18.

 Each year the Oregon Music Educators Association receives nominations from its members for the Outstanding Administrator Award. The OMEA selects the recipient of the award based on:

         -The administrator’s commitment to protecting music education during the

           recent economic downturn

         -The administrator’s work to promote good relationships with music faculty

         -The administrator’s support for community cultural events

Current and retired educators, parents, volunteers, and students submitted nominations on Schmidt’s behalf. The letters described Principal Schmidt’s dedication and passion for SBHS’s music programs.

“Bruce Schmidt has proven again and again that he is a champion for students striving to be proud musicians, and assists, empowers and fights for educators,” said Sam Barlow High School Band Director Paul Nickolas. “He interacts daily with our performing arts students and attends all school concerts as well as district and state performances.”     

Schmidt has been in education for 27 years. Originally a science teacher at SBHS, he became assistant principal there in 2007 and the school’s principal in 2014. SBHS Band Director Paul Nickolas presented Schmidt with the award at the OMEA conference banquet in January.

 About the Oregon Music Educators Association

OMEA’s primary purpose shall be to improve music education for children in Oregon by offering musical enrichment programs for students, providing education for music teachers, and advocating for music programs for students.

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