Title: Retired Music Educator
Company: McAlester Public Schools
Location: McAlester, Oklahoma, United States
Elizabeth Pruitt, Retired Music Educator at McAlester Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of music education.
Growing up in a family of musicians and teachers, Ms. Pruitt combined her influences to pursue music education. She earned an associate degree in vocal music education from the Eastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Eastern Oklahoma State College, and a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Following this accomplishment, Ms. Pruitt served as the director of vocal music for Crowder Public Schools in Oklahoma in 1968 before assuming the role of preschool teacher in Rusk, TX, in 1974. Ms. Pruitt returned to her home state in 1977 where she served as a vocal teacher for Stuart Public Schools until 1978. Mr. Pruitt taught at Haileyville Public Schools from 1978 to 1984 and then for McAlester Public School District, where she spent the final 21 years of her career.
In addition to her main pursuits, Ms. Pruitt has served as director of numerous choirs, concerts and choruses. She has directed the McAlester Music Makers Children’s Chorus from 1991 to 2005 and the Children’s Bell Choir at the First Presbyterian Church in McAlester, which she founded in 1968. Ms. Pruitt is an active community member, having been involved in the McAlester Area Arts and Humanities Council from 1987 to 1988 and resuming her involvement in 1988. She has won the Choral Superior Sweepstakes Awards in Oklahoma City from 2001 to 2004 and the Flying Buffalo Award from McAlester Public Schools in 1991 and due to her excellence in music education, many of her students have won superior music ratings from the McAlester School District.
Ms. Pruitt has had an exceptional career in music education. She fondly remembers hearing a children’s choir at a convention and thought that she could do something similar, resulting in her creating the Emerson Honor Children’s Choir. The group, consisting of children from third grade to sixth grade, lasted for about 14 years, and Ms. Pruitt considers this as one of the most wonderful experiences she had. Dedicated to her profession, Ms. Pruitt has been affiliated with organizations such as the National Music Education Association, the Oklahoma Music Education Association, the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and American Choral Directors Association, among others. She has been lauded with the coveted Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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