Congratulations Heidi! Always willing to go above and beyond, a very talented, passionate, kind educator!
Heidi is a joy to work with. Her positive, encouraging attitude toward students is a joy to behold. She critiques from a positive position and encourages students to build on basics. She’s patient and understanding with young people while expanding their knowledge of various musical instruments and selections. She always seems to find ways to expand young people’s love of music and adults’ enjoyment of school’s musical presentations. She is an excellent music teacher. Many thanks to her for her patience with students as they learn
Thanks for all you do, Heidi!
My children go to another local elementary school and I am constantly comparing the music programs, by far Mrs. Allen goes above and beyond for her students! She strives to make every year better than the prior one. I always look forward to her musical performances and plays. I’m just jealous that my kids never got to experience her music class! Keep up the amazing work Heidi!
Not only does Heidi do what other elementary music teachers do, she also gets instrument donations so equity issues don’t stop children from joining the band. She collaborates with the MS/HS teacher to build their program and encourage a life long love of music. She has been a mentor to children (including my now adult daughter) as they have moved on and she continues to influence their lives in positive ways. She encourages children to take risks and the pride that us parents feel when we see our children succeeding outside of their comfort zone is enormous. She is simply a gift to all in the community!
Heidi Allen is the best.We have a 5th grader who really enjoyes Heidi, her encouraging words, her ideas that help the children at BES (Bradford Elementary School) make their ideas come alive. Heidi is a wonderful part of a team at BES....We look forward to more musical productions and events.
Madi and Pat
Heidi, I am so proud of you. You so take what you are given and make it more. So many children have found self respect because of you. Your good legacy will go on for ever.
Mrs. Allen taught me to play piano! She is great!
I drive school bus for the school district that Mrs. Allen teaches in. I think one of the things that amazed me the most was when she decided to put on musical/play and I watch students that in other schools in another situations would not of had the opportunity to be able to participate. She literally thought of everything, many students couldn’t stay after school because of transportation and she made sure she took care of that, she encouraged families to be involved in supply snacks for those children after school. I literally saw children who no one connected with on the school bus, who finally had the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities… Have a voice, they found they had talent, they created friendships. This is just one of the things that I’ve seen Mrs. Allen do for her community and her students. I’d like to add that she spent countless hours of her own time on weekends and in the evening setting up props, and making sure that every student and I’m sure that there was more than 30 of them had a specific genuine role in this production. Families that had never felt comfortable attending school functions made it out to see this. There’s nothing like it, I will never forget it, and I will never forget hearing other students yell out to us doing that would normally sit alone on the school bus to please sit with them.
Way to go Heidi -
Mrs Allen is the hardest working teacher I know!
Heidi Allen is the best!
Mrs. Allen goes above and beyond every day for her students at Bradford Elementary School. Much deserving of this recognition.
Music is such an important part of life and Heidi goes out of her way to make sure that music is not just an option for all of her students, but an opportunity!
Heidi has always been a shining star- one of the brightest I’ve ever known! Her love and dedication for others is unparalleled! Heidi is such a deserving person- and the last one to see herself as such due to her very humble nature. I couldn’t think of a better nominee.
As one of her colleagues at Bradford Elementary School, I can verify that everything Mr. Barrett said about Heidi is very, very true! She does so much to excite the students about music and theater and has even opened doors for faculty members to dust off their instruments at home or try out a new instrument. Our school “rocks” because of Heidi!
It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to work with Heidi in her commitment to all children within the school and throughout the community. Her tireless effort and enthusiasm for creative expression through the arts is contagious! What a wonderful testimony and deserved recognition to one of Bradford's dedicated educators.
Heidi is a longtime friend and it was evident even in high school that she was headed towards music education. So proud of all her successes and can think of no one more deserving of this award.
Heidi puts so much thought and effort into teaching our students music. It is truly remarkable to walk into one of her music lessons to see 7 and 8 year olds playing Ukuleles. Her teaching has no limits. Heidi has also gone above and beyond to support second graders learning of music while in their outdoor classroom. She's motivated and certainly passes her love for music onto our students.
Mrs. Allen is that ray of light that we all need in our lives. Thank you for that!
Thank you for all you great work with Bradford students!
Both of my girls LOVE Mrs. Allen and all she does for their school. We are so lucky to have her!!
Good luck you deserve it