Three teachers are awarded our  Professional Development scholarships to attend the  Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Professional Development Conference each year ($500 each).  

FMEA is a not-for-profit professional education association that serves and supports music education across Florida. FMEA promotes and publishes the Florida Music Director and music education research, organizes professional development programs, and broadens teachers’ knowledge and interest in their profession through affiliation with colleagues. 

Thank you to all 14 talented music teachers who submitted applications!

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Trevor Tran


Trevor Tran is currently Director of Vocal Arts at Fort Myers High School. In addition to conducting the choral ensembles, he teaches courses in Music Theory and IB Music. His groups regularly perform for the community and have been recently requested by organizations such as the Caloosahatchee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fort Myers Women’s Community Club.

Trevor holds concurrent Master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Composition from Temple University. Before this, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Music in Composition. While in school, Trevor actively worked with choral groups at the high school, collegiate, and community levels.

Over the past few years, Trevor has participated as a conducting fellow in many conducting masterclasses and symposiums including the Chorus America Conducting Academy and the Choral Conducting Institute at Interlochen. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, and he has performed with individuals such as Josh Groban.

Trevor holds memberships with the American Choral Director’s Association, Chorus America, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association for Music Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda: National Music Honor Society, Florida Music Educators Association, and Florida Vocal Association


Jennette Ruszkowski

 Jennette is originally from Saginaw, MI and relocated to Cape Coral, FL in 1998. As a career changer, she attended FGCU’s Bower School of Music from 2008-2012 and received her B.A. in Music, majoring in Voice and Education.

Upon graduation Jennette began teaching at Mirror Lakes Elementary School, a Title I school, in Lehigh Acres, FL.  She enjoys that position and says: "I feel so blessed to have a job that I love and have the opportunity to share my passion for music with my students." 

Her duties include directing a small choir of 4th and 5th graders, as well as a 5th grade Bell Plates group. Last year she accompanied the Lee All-County Elementary Honor Choir and has been invited to do so again this year. 

Jennette is a member of the FMEA, FEMEA, AOSA, and FVA and is very excited to attend the FMEA Conference in January.  In fact she says:  “Thank You for the grant! I appreciate it more than I can say.”


Erin Tucker

Three Oaks Middle School

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