A High Note Franklin Music Instructor Receives Highest Honorfrom Illinois American String Teachers Association
Byline: Robert Sanchez email@example.com
By Robert Sanchez
Carrie Provost was a fourth-grader when a teacher sparked her lifelong love of the violin.
When she was a junior in high school, a music instructor helped set her on a path to become an orchestra director.
Now Provost is the one inspiring young students.
As a member of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's string faculty for the past 23 years, Provost has become a "highly respected educator known for her commitment to music education," colleagues say.
That reputation recently earned the Wheaton resident statewide recognition when she was named the Outstanding School Teacher of the Year by the Illinois American String Teachers Association.
The honor will be presented to Provost Jan. 29 during the association's annual luncheon at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Convention in Peoria.
Provost said she doesn't know who nominated her for the distinction, which is given annually to "a teacher in a school orchestra setting who has achieved or maintained excellence" in the school's program.
"I feel very honored to be in the company of the people who have been the previous winners," said Provost, adding that someone can
win the award only once.
Provost is no stranger to recognition. In 1999, she was a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Still, Provost describes the Illinois ASTA award as the highlight of her career, which started 30 years ago when she was hired by Naperville Unit District 203. …