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Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's 2019 Outstanding Superintendent

Delaware Valley School District is pleased to announce Dr. John Bell as Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's 2019 Outstanding Superintendent. 

The DVSD music faculty nominated Dr. Bell "based on his commitment to the advancement of music at Delaware Valley during his tenure as superintendent.  Under his leadership, Delaware Valley has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the past 6 years." explained Kelly Craver, Instrumental Music Teacher at DVMS and DVHS.  Kelly spearheaded the nomination campaign. 

On April 5th, Dr. Bell traveled to Pittsburgh along with several members of the DVSD Music Department for the 2019 PMES/NAfME Eastern Division In-Service Conference where he was presented with the prestigious Outstanding Superintendent Award.  PMEA has been honoring chief school administrators who demonstrate outstanding support of music education since 1989, Dr. Bell is the first recipient in Northeast PA. 

Following the award presentation, PMEA held a lunch in Dr. Bell's honor where he was accompanied by DVSD music teachers Kelly Craver, Nathan Kroptavich, Rick Bullock, Rich Horst and Tina Krawcyk.  Music Department Chair, Rich Horst expressed "The music department has been thankful for the support that Dr. Bell has shown to our department through seeing and understanding our vision and by making sure we have the resources to accommodate our needs, as well as put our vision into action." 

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME.

Dr. Bell and staff

Dr. Bell speaking