Ep. 17 - From Mentee to Mentor: Sharing Wisdom with the Next Generation of Teachers - Kimberly Barclay Ritzer


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"My elementary music teacher took a chance on me. She was the one who opened music up to me, and it was incredible. I've come from being the mentee to the mentor. I just want to pass on that information and let people feel what I felt as a young student."
Kimberly Barclay Ritzer is in her 31st year as director of the Green Valley High School Choirs in Henderson, Nevada, opening the school in 1991. She is in her 32nd year as a teacher for the Clark County School District. She is a 1990 graduate of UNLV where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. In 2021 she received her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix. Kim currently serves as the CCSD Task Force Chair for High School Choir and Facility Chair for the district's Secondary Fine Arts Programs. In addition, Kim chairs the Green Valley High School (GVHS) Performing Arts Department and has taught Secondary Choral Methods at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has served three terms as president of the Nevada Music Educators Association and three terms as Nevada ACDA president. She is currently Past-President of the American Choral Directors Western Division and Secretary of the Nevada ACDA chapter.
The GVHS Concert Choir performed at the 1998 ACDA Western Region Convention in Reno; the Madrigal Singers performed at the 2005 ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles; the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma City; the 2014 ACDA Western Region Conference in Santa Barbara, and the ACDA Western Region Conference in Long Beach in 2022. In June 2021, she was appointed Western Division Representative to the NAfME Council for Choral Education.
Kim's honors and recognitions are many. In November 2001, Kim was named the Henderson Chamber of Commerce "Most Outstanding Educator," and in February of 2002, she was named "Nevada Music Educator of the Year.” In 2004, she was named “Outstanding Alumni for the College of Fine Arts” by the UNLV Alumni Association and was a finalist in the “Heart of Education” Awards for the Clark County School District in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. Kim was also a 2021 semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

To get in touch with Kim, you can find her on Facebook (@kimberly.b.ritzer) or Instagram (@ilvtosing) or email her at ritzek@nv.ccsd.net .
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