Westfield Academy and Central Schools teacher Kent Knappenberger has been awarded the Grammy for Music Educator Award.
The announcement was made this morning on the CBS Morning News followed by a four-minute segment on Knappenberger, Westfield Academy Central Schools and his family.
"When I found out, I cried," he said in the CBS segment. "The people I teach and what I do is very important to me. ... I know there is a country filled with very talented educators. As much as I learned about the other finalists, I'm just so glad to be part of something that they do."
Knappenberger has been a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master's degree in music education, harp performance and literature from Eastman School of Music, and he is a member of the National Education Association. Knappenberger has taken his passion for teaching abroad by serving as a volunteer music teacher at the Ana Gonzaga Methodist Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He lives resides in Westfield with his wife and children.