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David Appleman, our principal at Shadow Mountain High School, received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) during the In-Service Conference at the Mesa Convention Center on Jan. 31.
Each year, the AMEA recognizes administrators who have demonstrated outstanding support of the total music education program for which the administrator is responsible.
Appleman explained, “This award means a great deal to me. The most important thing an administrator can do is support his faculty in the education of our students. Being recognized for doing so validates our efforts to make Shadow Mountain High School an exceptional school with an exceptional arts program.”
Appleman supports music and the arts at Shadow Mountain by making the arts a priority and making sure that they get the funding they need to grow.
“At a time when most districts are cutting arts programs, I am proud to work in a district that recognizes the value of music and the arts. We could not do what we do without the support of the Paradise Valley Unified School District,” said Appleman.
Appleman was nominated for this award by Gary Wykoff, Nick Popovich, and Natan Simon, who are members of Shadow Mountain’s Music Department.