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 Nancy Giberson Awarded “Fortissimo Award” for Outstanding Support of Visual, Performing Arts

San Diego County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent Nancy Giberson has been awarded the Fortissimo Award by the California Music Educators Association--Southern Border Section for her outstanding support of the arts.

In an event filled with beautiful music and recognition for outstanding arts programs throughout the county, Giberson was presented with the organization's top honor. The awards program was held at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and co-sponsored by the museum, the County Office of Education, and the music educators association.

"Receiving this award has been a humbling experience," said Giberson, who oversees the County Office of Education's Learning Resources and Educational Technology Division. "What I have done for musical education has only been a drop in the bucket for what needs to be done.

"The arts are so important," she continued. "There is a tremendous need for strong arts programs in all of our schools. I will continue to do what I can to ensure that this takes place not only in San Diego County but statewide."

For a complete list of "Fortissimo Award" honorees see below.

Giberson has supported the California Music Educators Association for several years, both as a contributor and an avid attendee of events and performances. She is a past chair of the Cultural Counsel of Santa Cruz County and several other performing arts organizations.

Giberson has also assisted the San Diego County Office of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Ron Jessee, in creating the San Diego Arts Network, which has been recognized at the state level. San Diego County is also one of four counties in California chosen to receive a $40,000 grant for piloting an arts program targeted at studying arts education. The California County Superintendent Services Association received a 1.5 million Hewlitt Grant in arts education and San Diego County is working vigorously to continue to provide the arts in all districts.

"Nancy's support of the arts in San Diego County have been extraordinary," said Jessee. "Without her support and advocacy of art education students would not have the opportunity to participate in the culture of the arts that is very well respected and appreciated in our society."

"I believe that those who are most successful are those who are most creative. By incorporating the arts into our schools, we are preserving our economy," said Nancy.

Giberson comes from a family of singers and musicians and has been involved with ballet, as well as playing the flute and piano. Prior to her tenure at the San Diego County Office of Education she was assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Before that she served as principal of Torrey Pines High and taught at Oak Crest Middle School, both in the San Dieguito Union High School District.

Fortissimo Honorees
Dianne Park, San Diego City Schools, Outstanding General Music Educator
Mark Fogelquist, Sweetwater Union High School District, Outstanding Multicultural Music Educator
Jo Anita Washburn, Oceanside Unified School District, Outstanding Elementary Music Specialist
Leticia Rocha-Peck, San Ysidro School District, Outstanding Classroom Teacher
Cindy Jorstad, San Diego City Schools, Outstanding Choral Educator
Tom Higdon, Lemon Grove School District, Outstanding Band Educator
Tamara Paige, San Diego City Schools, Outstanding Orchestra Educator
Jeff Beck, Valley Center Unified School District, Outstanding Jazz Educator
Richard Chagnon, San Diego Community College District, Outstanding College Educator
Rich Cansdale, San Diego City Schools, Outstanding Elementary School Principal
Greg Mizel, Poway Unified School District, Outstanding Middle School Principal
Liz Laughlin, San Diego City Schools, Outstanding High School Principal
Anne Fennell, Vista Unified School District, Music Educator of The Year