HAZARD — The Kentucky Music Educators Association has honored Kevin Combs, the principal of Hazard Middle School, with their Educator of the Year award for District 9, which consists of these counties: Perry, Leslie, Knott, Floyd, Johnson, Pike and Breathitt. KMEA is made up of more than 2,000 professional music educators at levels ranging from Kindergarten all the way through college. Advocates of music and arts education in schools rely heavily on the work of KMEA.
Kevin Combs received the KMEA Educator of the Year award by unanimous vote. Educational study groups across the nation have consistently shown that students who study art are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that regularly rank among the highest in the world for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary and the Netherlands. Hazard Middle School is this year’s district champion and finished in a tie for most points during regional competition in elementary Governors Cup.
Awards such as this are outstanding honors for the educators, who receive them. Ultimately, students are the ones who benefit the most from the kind of work that leads to winning such an award. Congratulations to Kevin Combs, principal of Hazard Middle School, for being named the 2016 Kentucky Music Educators Association Educator of the Year in District 9.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.