Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 22, 2014

GHS' Ellington wins lifetime achievement award


---- — GOSHEN — Goshen High School Orchestra Director Susan Ellington has been selected as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Indiana American String Teachers Association.

Ellington has been the high school orchestra director and also involved with Goshen Middle School’s orchestras for 18 years.

When she first started teaching at Goshen, Ellington was responsible for all orchestras for students in grades 5 through 12, she said, but as enrollment and participation have increased, other staff have come on board.

Ellington is currently the high school director and assistant director to the middle school’s orchestras.

She will receive her award from the Indiana American String Teachers Association Saturday at the group’s winter meeting during the Indiana Music Educator’s conference in Fort Wayne.

“I am totally humbled by the award,” Ellington said. “It is just very touching and meaningful and (I’ve) never expected anything like this.”

The music teacher has been involved in string education for 42 years.

“Music education has been my lifelong passion,” she said. “It is critical to the total education of children and the sharing of cultural and quality of life for communities and businesses and families.”

She also noted her gratefulness for the ongoing support of her coworkers and the community of Goshen’s music programs.

“GHS is so unique to have state finalist level band, orchestra and choir organizations at the top of their performance,” Ellington said. “The academic rigor across the board in all areas is amazing and the professionalism and dedication of the staff to student achievement is amazing.”

She’s had the opportunity to work with many administrations through her career.

The community has shown a wonderful vision, commitment to excellence and an understanding of the importance of educating the whole child, she added.

“My time here has been a blessing to me and to my family as my daughter graduated from here as well. Goshen is very dear to us,” Ellington said. “I am thankful that in many small ways I have impacted lives for the good and it is my wish that students, families and friends will protect these opportunities and pass them on to future generations and protect them for those who come through the program in the future.

Creativity and strong work ethic can benefit families and communities and the love and appreciation of music and the arts remains a commitment from society.”