Company: Sto-Notes, Western Reserve Community Band
Location: Streetsboro, Ohio, United States
Judith Mikes, Director of Sto-Notes and the Western Reserve Community Band, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Ms. Mikes prepared for her career at Miami University, where she earned a MusB in music education in 1972. She worked as a music teacher while continuing her academic pursuits at Kent State University, graduating with an MEd in 1974. She continued her career by accepting a position as a special education teacher with Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools. In 1977, Ms. Mikes transitioned to a position as a music teacher with the district, where she taught for more than 30 years, until 2011. Throughout her time at this district, she earned a certification in Music K-12 Teaching from the Ohio Department of Education in 1984, and a certification in Permanent Teaching and Special Education in 1985. In 2002, she was certified by the National Board for Early-Middle Childhood Music Professional Teaching Standards.
In addition to her work as an educator, Ms. Mikes has served as the director of the Sto-Notes Youth Symphony in Stow, Ohio since 1982. She performed as a clarinetist with the Stow Chamber Orchestra from 1998 to 2018, and since 2009, she has worked as the director of the Western Reserve Community Band. Throughout her career, Ms. Mikes considers her time working with children with special needs as a highlight—she found it incredibly rewarding to help them find a sense of belonging and confidence. She has also been encouraged by seeing a substantial number of her students go on to become music teachers.
Ms. Mikes has worked as a presenter at numerous conferences, and has been recognized with myriad awards and recognitions. She received a Recognition of Excellence Award from the Ohio Coalition of Board Certified Teachers in 2003, an Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Fishcreek Elementary Parent-Teacher Association in 2003, and an award for 25 Years of Service from the Ohio Music Educators Association in 2001. She credits Leon Thurman, her music teacher, as a mentor and influence in her career. As a testament to her success and stature, Ms. Mikes has been featured in the 24th and 25th editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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