Arbutus Global middle school in good hands

Michael Mazza and Jennifer Hill have been the band/ strings/ choir / jazz band teachers at Arbutus Global middle school for several years

I have been a teacher in School District 61 for a long time, and have seen many exemplary teachers come and go. But this is the first time I have ever written about one of these teachers. In fact, there are two I am talking about in this letter.

Michael Mazza and Jennifer Hill have been the band/ strings/ choir / jazz band teachers at Arbutus Global middle school for several years and they have been phenomenal! They both are fairly young, and they display the utmost professionalism, a caring attitude, and an amazing ability to stay calm at all times, especially just before performances. You would think they both have 40 years’ teaching experience as they are wise beyond their years. The students love them both and these teachers give entirely of themselves to make Arbutus’s program an excellent one (and they both have young children at home to care for also).

I haven’t talked about the results these two inspire the children to achieve. At our recent entry into the Band Fest that occurs every year, Arbutus once again received “superior” reviews by the adjudicators. Arbutus always receives top-notch marks in everything they do regarding the fine arts program that Michael and Jennifer run.

One thing I need to mention is that during every Remembrance Day ceremony that Arbutus hosts, one of the highlights for me is hearing Michael Mazza play The Last Post on his trumpet. It is one of the most touching sounds I have heard in my life. I have heard Michael play at this particular assembly for approximately 10 years now and it has been perfection every time. Also, these two teachers work quite a few extra hours (as all band teachers do) by taking the students to perform many concerts throughout the year, and arranging the ever-popular band trip to Seattle for the Grade 8 students.

Finally, I need to point out that 70 per cent of Arbutus’ students take part in the fine arts program with Mr. Mazza and Mrs. Hill teaching them. That’s an amazing number.

I am not best friends or anything with these two, just a teaching acquaintance. But I feel that Michael Mazza and Jennifer Hill need to be recognized for their amazing contributions to Arbutus Global middle school. They are legends already and will continue to be so for a long time.

Brian McKinnon

 

Victoria

 

 

Just Posted

Trees topped, greenery snatched from Saanich park

‘If everyone took one thing, there’d be nothing left,’ says president of park society

West Shore Parks and Rec offers holiday childcare alternatives

Camps available on days many daycares close

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Most Read