CONTACT:  Tom Whaley                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 70338                                   06 MAR 2012



SMMUSD Music Teacher receives 2012 bravo award


Santa Monica High School choral director Jeffe Huls was named a winner of the Music Center's prestigious 30th Annual BRAVO Awards for 2012 at the Disney Concert Hall last week.


The ceremony, which was hosted by Garry Marshall, honored the outstanding teachers who were chosen as finalists in the categories of arts specialist, generalist teacher, and arts rich schools.  These teachers went through an intensive program after being nominated that included submitting videos of their teaching, examples of their lesson plans, and visits to their classroom by members of the BRAVO selection committee. 


At the end of the ceremony, the winners in each of the categories were announced.  Mr. Huls was one of ten teachers from the five supervisorial districts across Los Angeles to be presented with a beautiful BRAVO Award crystal trophy and a cash award dedicated to supplementing arts programs. 


Huls gave a short acceptance speech in which he thanked his administrators, colleagues, and SMMUSD for their support of arts education.


“We are so proud of Mr. Huls,” commented SMMUSD’s Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Tom Whaley, “and are extremely thankful that our district attracts teachers like him to work with our students in the arts every day!”


Huls will be hosting a Masterworks concert on Friday, March 16 at 7:00pm in Barnum Hall located on the Santa Monica High School campus (601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405). 


For more information on Mr. Huls, the BRAVO Awards, and/or the Masterworks concert, please contact Tom Whaley at 310.450.8338, ext. 70338.  A photo of Mr. Huls with his award is attached.


About the Bravo Awards


Established in 1982, Music Center's BRAVO Awards is an integral part of the Music Center's work in the community to advocate for and deliver quality arts education for all students. The program recognizes teachers and schools for innovation and excellence in arts education, honoring educators who use the arts to revitalize teaching, enhance student achievement and foster self-esteem, teamwork and cross-cultural communication and understanding.


Winners of the BRAVO Award are those educators selected by their peers who exemplify excellence in arts education. The finalists will be selected by their finalist peers and a team of highly specialized judges as part of the professional learning community. Winners will be selected from the finalist pool. All finalists received a site visit to their school for final selection of the winners. 





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