Martin Tierney, principal of Runnymede Elementary School, has been selected to receive the 2021 Maryland Music Educators Association Outstanding Administrator Award. This award recognizes non-arts administrators who are music advocates and supporters, working with the music team to build incredible music programs for their schools and communities.

Tierney is a constant presence at county, regional and community music events, attending Northwest Region Band and String events as well as the county’s annual Eisteddfod concerts and the annual Taneytown tree-lighting ceremony. He willingly helps on concert days, from moving equipment, chairs and stands to participating in the second grade musical, to the delight of students, staff and parents!

During virtual and hybrid instruction, Tierney worked hard and creatively to generate schedules that maintain the integrity of Specials’ curriculum and has always asked for staff input in the process. He views music and all Specials as an integral and important part of a child’s education.

According to Runnymede music teacher Lori Douglas, who recommended Tierney for the award, “In December, instrumental students had virtual caroling performances for the school before the winter break. Mr. Tierney came to most, if not all, of these events – there were 22 half hours in all. He stayed for each one and waited until students left to call each musician by name and congratulate them on a job well done.”

The award will be presented to Mr. Tierney at the MMEA  Awards for Excellence virtual ceremony on Saturday, April 10th.




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