Markeise Russell, Glenbrook South Instructional Supervisor for Fine Arts and Co-Director of the GBS Band, was named a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum. A total of 216 music teachers out of 2,000 nominated were named quarterfinalists.
"It is a great honor to be recognized alongside many great music educators from across the country. This isn't a testimony of my work, but of the work of the students that I am privileged to serve. They are my greatest teachers."
Russell joined Glenbrook South in July from Nicholas Senn High School where he served as band director and lead music educator. There, he also directed an after-school jazz ensemble and pep band, and instructed students in International Baccalaureate Music. In addition, since 2015 Russell has served as Minister of Music/Choir Director at St. Thecla Catholic Church in Chicago.
Glenbrook South Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel noted that, “We are proud to welcome Mr. Russell to our Titan team. Music and arts curriculum and programming are essential components of the GBS community. Mr. Russell is ready to lead the Fine Arts Department to even greater accomplishments.”
Russell said he is grateful to work at GBS where administrators, parents, and students are invested in the success of the arts program. “The administrative team and teachers go above and beyond to ensure quality experiences for our students” he said.
Russell has a Bachelor of Music Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, a Master of Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and is working on a second Masters of Educational Leadership/Principal Endorsement from Concordia University. Russell was recently accepted into the Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership EdD program at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and will begin his studies in the Fall of 2021.
The Grammy Music Educator award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The quarter finalist list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists who will receive a $500 honorarium with a matching school grant. Of those, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their impact on students' lives and is flown to Los Angeles to attend the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® and GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and their schools will receive matching grants.
In 2008, GBS was named a Grammy Signature School, one of 14 schools nationwide selected for making an outstanding commitment to music education.