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During a luncheon hosted on Aug. 3 at the Embassy Suites Austin Central, Lauren Bain was named the Region 13 Elementary Teacher of the Year. She was among 20 nominees from across the region to be considered for the regional honor. Bain is the music teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary and was selected last spring as the NBISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.
In the fall, she will be one of 20 nominees from across the state that will compete for the honor of Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) administers this recognition program in partnership with the 20 Education Service Centers and participating school districts.
Bain has been an educator for the past 12 years and has been the music teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary for the past 9 years. She worked in North East ISD as an elementary music teacher before coming to NBISD in 2009.
She earned both her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Education and Master of Arts in Teaching for All-Level Music from Trinity University. She is certified in music (early childhood through 12th grade) and English as a Second Language (Supplemental). She also received her Kodály Certification from Texas State University and Orff-Schulwerk Certification from Trinity University. She is President-Elect 2017-2019 for the Kodály Educators of Texas and is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Texas Music Educators Association and International Kodály Society.
She is a highly requested elementary music clinician for school districts in central and south Texas, and is currently starting a Kodály certification training program in McAllen, Texas.
When asked about her profession, her beliefs and the impact she has on students she said “Teaching is not only about sharing our love and passion with our children, but providing them with an experience that makes a meaningful impression in their lives. My hope is not to create professional musicians, but for each of my students to reach their musical potential. I know that will make them better human beings and perhaps, create a better world.”
During her time at Carl Schurz, she has developed a partnership with the nearby Episcopal Church to create a music program for at-risk students called the Community Arts Program of New Braunfels. The program offers free instruction to qualifying students in violin, cello, piano, guitar and art.
“The student growth I have witnessed is remarkable to observe as they develop not only socially but academically. These children who could never afford this opportunity are able to experience the valuable impact of private music instruction. Taking part in the beginning and growth of a program that benefits our students’ future through music has been an honor. I look forward to continuing to connect this life-changing opportunity to the children at our school,” said Bain.
Her past honors include being selected as a grant recipient through the NBISD Education Foundation in 2017, TangerKIDS in 2014 and North East ISD Educational Foundation in 2008. In 2015 and 2018, she was selected as Campus Teacher of the Year at Carl Schurz Elementary School and is the 2018 NBISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.
TOP - Lauren Bain, the music teacher at NBISD’s Carl Schurz Elementary, was named the Region 13 Elementary Teacher of the Year during a luncheon held on Aug. 3 in Austin.
BOTTOM - Lauren Bain, Region 13 and New Braunfels ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, with Carl Schurz Elementary Principal Duane Trujillo at the Region 13 Teacher of the Year Luncheon on Aug. 3 in Austin.
BOTTOM - Krystal Herrington, ESC Region 13 Teacher of the Year coordinator, presents Lauren Bain with the Region 13 Elementary Teacher of the Year award at a luncheon held Aug. 3 in Austin.
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