UCS teacher named one of Macomb's best
An Eisenhower High School teacher has been honored for creating beautiful music in her classroom.
Vocal Music Director Julia Holt - who also teaches at Malow Junior High School - was named the Macomb County High School Teacher of the Year.
"Mrs. Holt is an example of how one person can make a difference by bringing out the best in others year after year," Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. "Her impact has created a lasting love of music and the fine arts in students in this community and throughout the State of Michigan. We are proud to have her as a representative of the quality of our teachers and the educational excellence in our schools."
Sponsored by the Macomb Intermediate School District, the county teacher of the year program is held annually to honor individuals who represent educational excellence. Teachers are honored at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.
"(Mrs. Holt) is truly an amazing teacher, who works hard every day to enrich the lives of her students through music," said Eisenhower junior Eddie Czarnecki. "I have always thought of her as a role model and have the utmost respect for her."
Holt's students have represented Eisenhower at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association's Regional, State and All-State Honors Choirs for the last 11 years. The Malow and Eisenhower choirs consistently earn Excellent and Superior ratings at both District and State Choral festival and Solo & Ensemble Festival.
In addition to her UCS position, Holt was recently hired to conduct the session II SSA choir at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and has been elected by her peers to conduct the 2016 6-7-8 SA State Honors Choir. She is also the music teacher for Kensington Community Church's K-Rock program for K-5 students.
Holt is a former valedictorian of Eisenhower High School.