Wendi Bogard, daughter of Bob and Susan Brown of Akron and a 1985 graduate of Akron-Westfield Community School, has been selected as the Kansas Music Educator’s Northeast District Music Teacher of the Year.
Since Bogard began 14 years ago in the Basehor-Linwood School District of Basehor, Kan., her music program has grown from two high school choirs involving 60 students to three choirs involving 100 and the middle school program has grown from one choir of 25 students to three choirs of 127 students. She and all her choirs consistently receive the highest ratings at festivals. Bogard previously spent nine years in western Kansas, teaching in Cimarron, Holcomb and Scott City.
To be considered for this award, the nominee must have been a teacher for at least 10 years and be a member of the Kansas Music Educators’ Association. In addition, the instructor’s program must have shown improvement and/or consistency over the 10 years. This honor was presented Feb. 22 at the Kansas Music Educators Convention.
Bogard holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Music Education with an emphasis on vocal pedagogy from the University of Kansas. As a member of the Kansas Choral Director’s Association, she has served as the State Women’s Choir chairperson and District chairperson for the Northeast and Southwest divisions of the Kansas Music Educator’s Association.
Bogard enjoys using humor in her classroom and is always searching for quality literature to present to her singers. She firmly believes that we can change lives through music.
Bogard is married to a fellow educator, Mike Bogard, who recently retired from public school administration. They have two daughters, Chloe and Lillian.