Taryn Tidwell of Shepherd Junior High School in Mesa Wins First Tancer Arts in Education Award
Congratulations to Taryn Tidwell of Shepherd Junior High School in Mesa for being the first inaugural winner of the Tancer Award. Tidwell is the choir and musical theatre director at the school, and is a cancer survivor and a passionate advocate for the performing arts.
Tidwell is a powerful voice across the state for the importance and impact the arts have on the overall learning and social emotional well-being of students. Her mission as an educator is to provide meaningful and memorable musical experiences and opportunities to students in order to empower them to gain confidence, create lasting friendships, and become active members in their future ensembles, careers, and communities.
“I am beyond honored to be selected as the Act One Inaugural Tancer Award Winner! The arts are such a meaningful and important part of my life and I am thrilled to be able to continue to advocate for the importance of the arts in education! I had the honor of working with Bob Tancer before he passed, and it means the world to be able to carry on his legacy and love for the arts!” ~ Taryn Tidwell, Tancer Award Winner.
Tidwell was one of five finalists for the award. The other four finalists were:
Katherine Fizz | Pinnacle High School
Steve Wallgren | Willow Canyon High School
Taryn Tidwell | Shepherd Junior High School
Michael De Alba | Dobson High School
Maria Henry | Justine Spitalny STEAM School
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