Wichman Receives NJ Governor’s Award in Arts Education
Lisa Wichman, Peck’s Lower School Music Teacher, received a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education on May 14, 2019. She was nominated for the award by the executive board of the New Jersey Music Educators Association.
The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education are given annually to outstanding teachers and students in arts disciplines. Hailed as the highest award in the state by national and statewide arts education organizations, they recognize the creativity and talents of leaders in the field. The awards were established in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, and are a major collaboration between arts and education organizations, and state government.
“Other states may have their own Governor’s Awards but no other state focuses on arts education and our students like we do,” said Priscilla Hopkins-Smith, Director of the Annual NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. “The array of distinguished awards in visual arts, music, theatre, and dance span the state and truly emphasize the diverse talent that is being cultivated here.”
Wichman, who joined Peck in July 2018, was previously selected as a New Jersey Music Educators Master Music Teacher by the New Jersey Music Educators Association. She was nominated for this distinguished honor by the principal of her former school in Kinnelon.
Wichman holds a BM in Music Education from Wittenberg University and advanced certifications in Kodaly, First Steps in Music, and Kindermusik Beginnings. She has received numerous grants and awards throughout her extensive teaching career and is a collaborative pianist and freelance organist.
“Our students are benefitting tremendously from Lisa’s mastery in the classroom,” said Nina Sharma, Head of Peck’s Lower School. “One can literally hear the joy for music and movement that she brings to her instruction, which translates into a very rich, very engaging experience for our young learners. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Lisa is part of our teaching community.”