Teacher Impact Award

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CONGRATUATIONS to our 2018 Winners!

2018 NJ WINNER

AMY LESO
Teacher/Choreographer
Spotlight on Dance

Years Teacher: 12

Dance Styles/Ages Taught:
Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre/3rd grade and up

Why did you become a dance teacher?
I became a teacher to share my passion and love for dance, an art that molded me into an independent and strong woman. I was inspired by many of my teachers before me and I want my girls to grow into confident, young ladies!

Favorite Studio/teaching memory:
Watching my juniors perform their 'nerd' routine at their very first competition will always remain my favorite and most proud teacher moment/memory.

Best Advice you've received:
Love what you do. Be passionate about your life. Spend your time on this Earth doing things that bring you true joy.

 

2018 IL WINNER

KELLY PFEIFFER
Teacher
Megleo's School of Dance

Years Teacher: 23

Dance Styles/Ages Taught:
I have taught ages 3-adult. I have taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe and poms. Over the last couple years I have been teaching ages 10-18.

Why did you become a dance teacher?
I have known all my life I wanted to be a teacher. I studied elementary education in college. Throughout college I taught at a local studio. After college, I got a job teaching language arts at a local junior high and continued to teach dance at other studios. In 2007, I decided to open my own studio. I'm so lucky to not only be a school teacher, but a dance educator, and high school coach!

Favorite Studio/teaching memory:
I don't think I have a specific teaching memory but it is always amazing to see a dancer grow over the years. When you finally see it click for them it is magical.

Best Advice you've received:
The best advice I was ever given was to dream BIG and never give up!

2018 GA WINNER

DEBBIE JOHNSON
Owner/Teacher
Debbie's School of Dance

Years Teacher: 35

Dance Styles/Ages Taught:
Ages 18 months and up. I teach classes in ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, acrobatics and baton. 

Why did you become a dance teacher?
I chose to become a teacher because I gain fulfillment by helping instill the love of dance, technique and confidence in my students as I watch them grow and succeed in their entertainment career and personal lives.

Favorite Studio/teaching memory:
I have more wonderful memories than can be counted and each one is equally important to me. Each one with different incredible groups of dancers. However, our studio’s most recent opportunity was this past July in New York City. A group of my students performed on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre and also a performance in Times Square. This was an amazing and rewarding opportunity.

Best Advice you've received:
Be true to yourself and your beliefs. You can’t make everyone happy.