Congratulations to the following NCKMEA members on their selection as the NCKMEA Outstanding Music Educators for 2019-20.
High School - Ben Rohrer
After graduating from Manhattan High School (1975), the University of North Texas (1979)
and receiving his master's degree from Kansas State University (1984),
Ben Rohrer has had the privilege of performing and learning from great artists such as
Matt Betton, Rich Matteson, Jay Mcshann, Bill Prince, Ed Shaughnessy, Jim Snidero, Ed Soph, Mel Torme, Allen Vizzutti and many others.
His teaching experience includes years spent at all levels: Sabetha public schools, Colby public schools, Ellsworth public schools,
Manhattan public schools, Cloud County Community College, and Kansas State University,
as well as his present job in the Salina public schools, where he has spent the last twenty five years.
He loves spending time with his family; wife - Linda, son - Tanner, daughter in law - Sierra, and daughter - Madeline.
Middle Level - Lynley Remy
Lynley Remy graduated from Centre High School in 1980.
Graduated from Emporia State University with a BSE in Elementary Education in 1985.
Received a music certification from Kansas State University in 2008 and a Master's Degree in Education from Friends University in 2015.
Married for 38 years with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Elementary - Kelly Ballard
Since moving to Kansas as an elementary student, I grew up in the Shawnee Mission School District.
I graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and attended Emporia State University to earn a BME.
I started my career in USD 349 Stafford County Schools, Stafford KS, where I taught for 5 years.
We moved closer to family and taught five years in USD 475 Geary County Schools, Junction City KS.
While teaching, I returned to school to earn my MME from Wichita State University.
I received Orff-Schulwerk Levels 1 & 2 Certification from Baker University under Marilyn Wood and Greg Gooden.
I took a break from teaching to raise a family and took a job teaching preschool part time in 2013 eventually becoming the facility director from 2015-2017.
I returned to teaching music in USD 475 Geary County Schools in 2017.
Any child can learn music. Some children may not perform as a classically trained musician, but all can learn to express themselves musically.
It is my job to unlock the musical gifts for each child through singing, speaking, movement and instruments.