Saturday, March 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- An orchestra teacher at Peachtree Ridge High School who has taught students for nearly three decades was recently recognized for her hard work in the field.
A group of Georgia music educators selected Bernadette Scruggs as the 2012 Georgia American String Teacher Association Educator of the Year, an award she received recently during the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah.
Scruggs said she felt "extremely honored to be among (those selected), and certainly to have been singled out for this award. I love teaching orchestra because I have the pleasure of working with the best and brightest students at our school."
Added Scruggs: "Not only do I have terrific students, but we are also charged with the wonderful task of working together to create beautiful music."
Scruggs established the orchestra program at Peachtree Ridge High School when it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she had served as orchestra teacher at Hull Middle since 1997.
Scruggs earned her doctoral of philosophy degree and a specialist's degree in education with a music concentration from Georgia State University. She also holds a bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree in music education from Columbus State University.
According to its website, the Georgia Music Educators Association is a state affiliate of the Music Educators National Conference. The organization, which has about 4,000 members, is dedicated to "promoting excellence in music education."