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Ruth Pitts is Teacher of the Year.

Ruth Pitts, NCTM, was honored as MTNA Teacher of the Year at the National Conference in Seattle.

Pitts established her own private studio in 1962, teaching piano, voice and music theory to students of all levels, and is a music instructor at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

Previously, Pitts was a lecturer at Baylor University and taught at Arapaho Elementary School. She also was an instructor at Dallas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University and Free Will Baptist Bible College.

She received a bachelor of music degree in education from Baylor University, graduating cum laude, and received both a master's degree in musicology and a doctor's degree in humanities from George Peabody College for Teachers.

Among her honors, Pitts was named Teacher of the Year by Texas Music Teachers Association, nominated for Outstanding Women of Texas and received the Good Soldier and Spirit of America Awards. Pitts is listed in the International Who's Who in Music.

Pitts serves as president of MTNA's South Central Division and is a member of the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND Development Committee. She has held all offices for Waco Music Teachers Association and served in various leadership roles for Texas Music Teachers Association, including president, vice president for business affairs and vice president for student affairs.

"Ruth Pitts is an exceptional human being as well as being an extraordinary teacher and educator," says MTNA President Phyllis I. Pieffer, NCTM. "She inspires students, as well as friends and colleagues, to achieve goals that they think are impossible. Ruth is an inspiration to all of us."

In addition to her MTNA involvement, Pitts is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, American Musicology Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She also serves as an adjudicator for numerous music competitions in Waco and around Texas.

Ruth Edwards, NCTM, a member of the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, says, "I believe she is an exemplary combination of one who teaches at the college level and has maintained an independent studio (as many of us did/do) and doing a fine job of that teaching. She also ... is quite a remarkable woman."

Rebecca G. Johnson, NCTM, director of the key board pedagogy program at Capital University and chair of the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, said, "... She had glowing references from her students reflecting many years of highly successful teaching despite some physical disabilities.... We chose her because she excelled in teaching and in service to the organization."
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Title Annotation:National Association News
Publication:American Music Teacher
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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