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Honoring Ruey Yehle

May 30, 2013

Outstanding Administrator award for the Maine Music Educators’ Association

Recently at the All-State music educators conference sponsored by the Maine Music Educators Association I was happy to attend the Thursday night banquet where several Maine educators were recognized for their contributions. One of the annual awards is the ‘administrator award’ presented to an individual who has made enormous contributions to music education. Often the individual exhibits what we all hope for in a school administrator. This years recipient is exemplary and I was glad to be there to see Ruey Yehle, principal of Hampden Academy, receive her award.

Hampden Academy Music educator Heidi Corliss introduced Ruey and with her permission I re-print her presentation below…

IMG_3332It is with great pleasure that I am able to introduce you to Mrs. Ruey Yehle for the Outstanding Administrator award for the Maine Music Educators’ Association. She is the principal of Hampden Academy. It is said that the best educators do not just teach but inspire their students to want to learn. Mrs. Yehle is just such a leader. She models her expectations for her teachers and students and sets the example for other administrators in our district. Her goal is for the students and teachers in her school to not only become excellent but also to practice excellence everyday. Because of her example, I feel I am a better music teacher than I would be without her.

She grew up with music as a large part of her life, singing and playing oboe. Her love of music is evident as she encourages us as music teachers and our students. She rarely misses a performance whether it is at our school or traveling to district and state festivals. She has traveled with our band and chorus on overnight performance trips as well and today drove one of the vans for our African Drumming class to perform here at our All-Sate conference and banquet.

This year, we moved into a new high school. I would guess that the performing arts wing is like very few in the state. She made sure we had much input and she continued to communicate with us through the entire process, instructing us to consider the materials and equipment to support excellence in teaching and performing. She wrote educational specifications that were so well written and so complete that the building committee legislators in Augusta had very little choice but to support her requests. We have a large choral room with a keyboard/ computer lab including software to compose, practice, and record music. We have a band room with 2 sound proof practice rooms. There is a music library, a black box theater which can also be used as a green room with dressing rooms and restrooms. Along the hallway walls are display and trophy cases. There is a scene shop and a 910 – seat performing arts center with full fly space and a balcony which can be visually closed off and used for a lecture space. We also have a ticket booth and a sound/lighting booth with state of the art equipment that she encourages us to use as a teaching laboratory. We are adding courses to support this space including work in sound and lighting technology.

Our present music offerings at the high school include 2 bands and 3 choirs in the school day, 2 jazz ensembles and a show choir. We also teach classes in music industry, African drumming and music theory.
Ruey is always open to new ideas, especially encouraging her performing arts teachers to be creative and try new things. Next fall, we will be doing our first musical in almost 20 years. In talking to the students, they commented about how much they feel her support for them and her appreciation for their involvement in the performing arts. She proudly encourages our students to participate in both athletics and the arts, boasting about the successes in all areas. Our three All-State participants this year are also athletes. One plays soccer, one plays football, and one runs cross country.

I am extremely proud to teach under the leadership of Ruey Yehle.

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