Monday, April 28, 2008

Mr. Marlow's Opus

Much attention was paid last week to the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards presented at the Dickson Street Theater. All of the winners are to be congratulated for their talent, but I thought the Lifetime Achievement Award to Joe Giles and the induction of Effron White into the Hall of Fame were especially deserved.

Perhaps more important was the recognition of Rogers High School band director Dale Marlow, finishing his 31-year teaching career, as the Rogers High School Teacher of the Year. "Why," you might be asking, "if he is so good, why isn't he paid as much as the football coach?" Good question.

His mission and his contribution, Marlow said, was serving "to get kids involved in music, not only at school but for a lifetime. ...My philosophy and practice is always to treat students with honor and respect. I have always prided myself on being as open and honest with students as possible. You can fool adults, but students are quick to spot fakery and insincerity."

Good teacher. Smart guy.

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