susan karels

Year of Graduation – 2000

Current Position – Grades 5-7 Band in Milbank, SD

Time in current position – 26 years

Name some accomplishments or awards since graduation.

ESA Region 1 Teacher of the Year

How did ABC help prepare you for these?

Literature helped me immensely when I was named the HS Band Director

What was your most memorable ABC experience?

Meeting classmates from all over the US and World

Who are your biggest influences/mentors?

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser taught me numerous promotional tools to increase our music student population in Milbank.

What advice do you have for young directors?

Seek advice/help with educators in the field.  Network, network, network