NDMEA Conference Headliner
Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years of teaching. She was the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando FL area, where she taught 1160 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show. Look for The Bear Lake Sound in the upcoming music education advocacy documentary “Marching Beyond Halftime.”
Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year, and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level 6 times, Seminole County Teacher of the Year and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. She has presented music education clinics in 46 states and 4 countries, and is the author of 37 published music education resources.
In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons and performs on historical winds with the early music ensembles Ars Antiqua and The Halifax Consort. In her spare time Artie enjoys reading, bird watching and traveling with her husband, John.