The Real School of Music names four outstanding employees in the categories of Employee of the Year (Erik Ringstad), Instructor of the Year (Eric Goldberg), Rookie of the Year (Kelly Surette), and a new distinction, the Founders Award (Bill Doss).
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BURLINGTON, MA, March 21, 2016 --- The Real School of Music recently announced the 2015 Employee Awards for staff who demonstrate exceptional commitment, contribution, and achievement in the areas of teaching, customer service, and program leadership. Coming from the full spectrum of roles at Real School, the awards recognize new instructors (within the past 12 months) through seasoned employees in the instructor and administrative areas.
Upon receiving the award, Erik said, “I am honored to receive the employee of the year award. The work I do at the school, curriculum development, is something I feel I was meant to do, and I love doing it. To be recognized among our talented and dedicated faculty is an honor I am quite proud of.”
Eric said, “It's an honor to be part of the Real School team! The environment here has enabled me to empower students and provide them with the tools that will help them blossom into great musicians in the future.”
Speaking about her experience incubating and launching this deeply impactful program, Kelly said that, “Real School is a company that took a risk on my dream of starting a performing arts program for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities and has supported me in building the most meaningful thing in my life. I continue to feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to find a creative and forward thinking company that challenges me to grow both personally and professionally every single day.”
In addition to his administrative work, Bill teaches saxophone, piano, clarinet, and flute. Bill is one of the original team of instructors, joining in September 2008. Of his award, Bill commented, "We are in the business of providing as many opportunities to our students as possible through music. What we do is not easy, but never doubt it makes a difference in each one of our students and their families lives. Dedication, persistence and our ability to work together as a team, regardless of which programs and locations we are involved with, will allow Real School to continue to grow, which will provide more opportunities for our students and staff."
Reflecting on this years award winners, Real School Founder and CEO, Thomas Byrne, said, “I am very proud of the contributions from each of this year's recipients. Erik, Eric, Kelly, and Bill each, in their own way, represent the very best of what Real School is all about.”
Real School's believes that a first-class culture is at the heart of the organization, and is proud to recognize and celebrate faculty and staff who make a profound difference in the lives of our students everyday.
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PREVIOUS YEARS WINNERS
Instructor of the Year, Dave Hinckley
Employee of the Year, Dwight Hill
Instructor of the Year, John "Muzz" Muzzy
Rookie of the Year, Ed Spargo (bio pending)
Employee of the Year, Seitu (bio pending)
Rookie of the Year, Heather Luhn
Employee of the Year, Gavin McCarthy (bio pending)
Rookie of the Year, Stephanie Morey-Barry