2021 NDMEA Elections
Voting Open from February 15-March 15th, 2021.
Results will be shared at our General Meeting March 23rd at 8:00 PM.
Meet The East Rep Candidates
Kelsey Dragosavich has taught for six years in the North Dakota public schools. She is currently in her second year at North High Schools as Director of bands where she teaches three concert bands, a jazz band, the musical pit orchestra, pep band, and an early morning jazz session. Prior to teaching at North, Dragosavich taught 5-12 grade vocal and instrumental music in Kindred, ND.
Dragosavich received her Bachelor of Science degree from Valley City State University in May 2011. At VCSU she studied saxophone with John DiFiore and voice with Dr. Leesa Levy and Robin Allebach. She is currently working on her masters through North Dakota State University.
Dragosavich, a native of Leonard, ND currently lives in North Fargo with her husband Mike. She also performs in various local jazz bands and is a staff member with the Northern Ambassadors of Music under direction Dr. Warren Olfert.
Jeremiah Johnson is the strings teacher in Devils Lake, North Dakota. Formally Mr. Johnson taught strings in Grand Forks Public Schools for 10 years. He is the conductor of the Devils Lake Community Orchestra and runs an active private strings studio that provides lesson opportunities for strings students in North Central North Dakota.
Amy Dewitt is a general music teacher at Centennial Elementary in Grand Forks, ND. Amy studied music education and graduated in 2009 from the University of North Dakota. Amy is from Valley City. She has served on the NDMEA board for the past 2 years and is a session contributor to the NDMEA 2021 Virtual Music Educators Conference.
Annette Hovey currently teaches 7-12 choir and 5-12 band at New Rockford-Sheyenne High School in New Rockford, ND. Along with those duties, she has incorporated classes in Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Guitar, Jazz Band, Madrigal Singers and Pop Singers into the music curriculum. She is also a music minister and religious ed teacher at St. John’s Catholic Church, an accompanist at First Lutheran Church, and is active in Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts of New Rockford as a Youth Camp Director, actor, and pianist. She is in her 23rd year of teaching and throughout her career has had the privilege to teach at all levels of the public-school music curriculum. Before moving to New Rockford, she taught K-12 music at Climax-Shelley School in Climax, MN, then moved to East Grand Forks, MN and taught 6-8 choir, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade general music. Annette also runs a private studio and teaches piano, guitar, and voice lessons.
In the past 8 years, Annette’s high school musicians have earned countless star ratings at large group, small group, and solo contests, including 11 Outstanding Performance Awards at state solo and ensemble contest. In the fall of 2018, Annette was named one of four finalists for 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year sponsored by North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. She was also chosen by the Governor to receive the 2019 North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Arts in Education. Professionally Annette is a member of NAfME, ACDA, NBA, NDMEA, NDACDA, and NDNBA and has had students involved in all of the state festivals and honor groups sponsored by these organizations. This includes a trip with two of her students to the National Honor Festival sponsored by NAfME in 2017.
Carly Grandner is in her seventh year of teaching music and her first year of teaching at Fargo Public Schools. She has an undergraduate degree from Concordia College, currently pursues her master's in music education at NDSU. She spent the last six years teaching in Hawley, MN, where she oversaw 4 choirs, an extra-curricular ensemble, the musical, and about 300 students total.
During her time teaching in Minnesota, Carly's choirs performed at the ACDA State Conference, sang in two collaborative concerts with MSUM, hosted Concordia's Chapel Choir on their tour, were selected as one of the honor choirs for the Concordia College High School Choral Festival, and performed on stage with the band Foreigner! Carly is an active member of ACDA, MMEA, and served as the local president of Region 6A music educators. Most recently, Carly served on Concordia College's search committee to select the new Director of Choral Activities. Participating in these extra activities has been a definite highlight of her teaching career.
Carly loves teaching music and can’t imagine doing anything else. She has found a new home at Davies as the high school choral director, and has truly enjoyed her year there, even in this strange time. The passion and level of engagement from her students and colleagues is incredible. She is excited about the opportunity to get more involved with NDMEA and looks forward to connecting with North Dakota music educators in general!