Brevard County music teacher nominated for Grammy Award

By Caitlin Wilson, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017, 5:01 PM EST

A Brevard County music teacher has been nominated for a music educator of the year Grammy.

  • Music teacher Joani Slawson nominated for Grammy
  • Slawson is a semifinalist for music educator of the year
  • Slawson will find out if she's in the top 10 in December

“I was astonished, it was exciting, I was overjoyed,” said Joani Slawson, a Saturn Elementary School teacher.

Slawson is one of 25 semifinalists across the country nominated for the award, and her students have no doubt she’s deserving.

“I was excited, I am so proud of her because not many teachers can do what Mrs. Slawson can do,” said fifth-grader Bella Foster.

Slawson’s interest in music began in high school, and after a 20-year career, her passion is still teaching.

“I always thought I’d be a high school choral director, but then I started in Elementary school and I’ve been there ever since,” Slawson said.

More than a few people have noticed her drive and determination. It was just a few weeks back when she got the call that she was nominated and a semifinalist.

But it’s still a waiting game — Slawson will find out if she’s made it to the top ten in December.

“What’s most important for me is to instill a lifelong love of music and that they can find their passion and what really moves them in this music room,” Slawson said.