A music teacher at Cane Bay High School has been named one of 25 semi-finalists for a national education award presented by the Grammy Foundation.
The list of nominees for the 2014 Music Educator Award has been whittled down from 222 quarter-finalists, and Lowcountry teacher William Bennett now finds himself among the top 25.
In its second year, the Music Educator Award recognizes teachers who have made a significant and lasting contribution t the field of music education, as well as working to maintain music education in their schools. The award is presented by a joint partnership between The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.
More than 7,000 teachers were nominated for the award this year.
Bennett has been a teacher for eight years, spending the past six years at Cane Bay High School. The former coach uses his background in sports to help teach in the classroom.
"I really approach this more as a coach and more as if I was running a team, and so we do a lot of team building stuff within our program," Bennett said. "We talk a lot about being responsible to the group as a whole, a lot of self-discipline stuff."
The committee will next select 10 nominees to become finalists, and the winner will be presented the award during Grammy Week on Saturday, February 7.