Loretta Tonak

Title: Music Educator, Accompanist
Company: Holy Name Catholic School
Location: Sheridan, Wyoming, United States

Loretta Tonak, Music Educator and Accompanist at Holy Name Catholic School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Drawing upon 45 years of industry experience, Ms. Tonak is a distinguished music educator and accompanist who has been transforming the lives of children with music at a variety of schools since the inception of her career in 1973. Commencing her career as a teacher of elementary school music and seventh through 12th grade art at Clark Schools in South Dakota between 1973 and 1986, she served as a teacher of elementary school music at Washakie County Schools and Crook County District 1 Schools in Wyoming between 1986 and 1996. Thereafter, she served as a teacher of middle school band at Sheridan District 2 Schools in Wyoming from 1996 to 2007. Since that time, she has been a teacher of elementary school music at Holy Name Catholic School.

Alongside her primary endeavors, Ms. Tonak has been an accompanist at Sheridan College and a children’s librarian at Sheridan Fulmer Public Library. She has additionally accompanied several community college, university and high school theater productions. A certified teacher in the states of South Dakota and Wyoming, she holds a Bachelor of Science from Dakota State University and has completed over 60 credit hours at various colleges since 1973.

Ms. Tonak has maintained affiliation with numerous professional organizations in relation to her areas of expertise, such as the Association of Music Educators, the National Association for Music Education, the Wyoming Educators Association and Delta Kappa Gamma, where she formerly served as chapter president.  Inspired by one of her former teachers, who was a brilliant elementary school teacher, she was influenced to enter the realm of music after being encouraged by a college professor.

As a testament to her success, Ms. Tonak received a Smart Classroom grant in 2000. Additionally, she has been highlighted in the 60th edition of Who’s Who in America, the 8th edition of Who’s Who in American Education, and the 24th and 25th editions of Who’s Who of American Women.

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