From time to time educators and school administrators receive a well-deserved “pat on the back” for their outstanding work.  Jason Miller, Elsberry Middle School’s principal, enjoyed such a moment on Friday, Jan. 24, at Tan-Tar-A/Margaritaville Conference Center.

The Missouri Music Educators Association awards principals who have a dedicated interest in promoting the music programs in their schools.  Rebecca Cooper and Jenny-Lynn Heras, music directors at Elsberry High, Middle, and Elementary Schools, nominated Miller for the MMEA Outstanding Administrator (of Missouri) Award 2020 to recognize his commitment to supporting both teachers’ programs as they serve the students of Elsberry.

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Elsberry Middle School principal Jason Miller (center) accepts award for Outstanding Administrator from MMEA Officer Elise Hepworth (left) and LCR-II teacher Rebecca Cooper (right).

“The intent of the award,” remarked Cooper, “is to recognize and honor administrators who go above and beyond. That kind of support for music programs is often a rarity, especially in smaller schools.”  

The MMEA’s membership totals about 3,000 music educators from across the state.  The organization’s primary purpose is to advocate for music education in schools.  Among its many goals is providing high quality instruction within a comprehensive educational program and encouraging high standards of excellence by recognizing individual achievements and contributions to the profession.


Cooper is in her sixth year of service to Elsberry’s young people, Heras is in year 19,  and Miller has worked with the students of Elsberry for 23 years.