Educator of the Week: Emilee Whitehead, Harold McCormick Elementary


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) A passion for piano and all things musical led Emilee Whitehead to the classroom, and now the Elizabethton native is hitting all the right notes as she grows the next generation of musicians at Harold McCormick Elementary.

From the very first notes on the recorder, all the way to Friday nights with the Betsy Band, Emilee Whitehead has waved her musical influence on students.

“It’s amazing to be a feeder program to the band and all the awards that they have won. It’s a neat thing to get to watch the band on Friday nights and see some former students for sure,” said Emilee Whitehead.

Whitehead has spent her entire 12-year career teaching music at Harold McCormick Elementary. She’s a product of the Elizabethton school system, and her dedication to the next generation of musicians is evident every day.

“She’s phenomenal at what she does because she has a passion about the fine arts, and she has a clear understanding of how that relates to academic progress,” said Harold McCormick Principal Eric Wampler.

That progress comes from a process that starts the very first year they walk into school.

“It’s so neat to see the process from kindergartners just singing, to keeping a steady beat, to playing an instrument. By the time they leave, it’s just amazing,” said Whitehead.

Mrs. Whitehead’s talent and drive in the classroom have left her with a smile on her face.

“It’s very rewarding,” said Whitehead.

Congratulations to Emilee Whitehead, this week’s Educator of the Week. To nominate an educator for our weekly honor, click here.

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