Best K-12 Teacher 

Nancy Boyles

The cacophony of a middle-school band is nothing compared to the chaos of Nancy Boyles' schedule. The 24-year veteran band teacher starts her mornings at the crack of dawn to get the King Middle School concert band up and running by 7:30. Then she gets in her car and continues on to three other schools in the Berkeley Unified School District. If you have ever been a teenager yourself, which you may no longer wish to admit, then you are intimately aware of the zombie-like haze in which teenagers move around in the morning; you know the drive of their survivalist instinct to not part with a single ounce of sleep. Keeping a fully functional and kinda fabulous band of 75 teenagers motivated to attend before-school rehearsals at 7:30 a.m. every morning of the school year is an incredible feat. Almost as miraculous is that the band plays in tune. 

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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