The news that Westfield Academy and Central School music teacher Kent Knappenberger won the first Grammy Music Educator Award has put a communal smile on the Southern Tier community.
But you can't say that people who know him are all that shocked by the news.
“I’d like to say I was surprised,” says Westfield Academy & Central School District Superintendent Dave Davison on Tuesday morning.
“But having watched Kent at work over the past 18 months, I have to say, I’m not surprised at all. His passion for what he does, the very person he is, the love and concern he has for his students, the life in his eyes when you encounter him every day – Kent has a gift, and he is able to share that gift in an incredibly meaningful way. If ever there was a person who deserves such an honor, well, he’s most definitely that person.”
Knappenberger's win was announced live during Tuesday morning's edition of the CBS Morning Show.
He was one of 10 finalists for the award, from an initial pool of some 30,000 nominations. Knappenberger will receive the award in Los Angeles, during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, to be held later this week.
- Jeff Miers