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County administrator honored for excellence

April 18, 2001

County administrator honored for excellence

By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

As a musician, teacher and now administrator for Washington County schools, Susie Kunkle has championed the cause of music.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

At a recent luncheon in Glen Burnie, Md., Kunkle was honored with the Excellence in Music Education award from the Maryland Music Education Association for the region from Carroll County west.

The honor was a long time coming to the woman who started her musical career playing the clarinet in the first Williamsport band.

"Harry Kight was my band director from the fourth grade through the 12th grade at Williamsport High School," Kunkle said.

When Kight retired from his post at Williamsport High, he left the job in good hands - Kunkle's.

Before she returned to Williamsport in 1979, Kunkle got her degree from Frostburg State College and began teaching in 1965.

She taught general music at Smithsburg Middle School, where she started the school's first marching band. There was a brief stint at Springfield Middle School and then she was off to Williamsport High School, where she remained for about a decade.

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For the last 10 years, Kunkle has been a music resource teacher in Instructional Improvement Services at the Washington County Board of Education.

"I think music education has to find a way to maintain the level of instruction," Kunkle said. "Education is changing and, while we need to change with it, the quality must be maintained."

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