MILWAUKEE (October 20, 2021) — Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) joins the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) in recognizing Milwaukee Board of School Directors member Marva Herndon as the recipient of the 2021 WMEA Distinguished School Board Member award. Each year, the WMEA recognizes a school board member who is an advocate for the importance of music as part of a well-rounded education.
Director Herndon has served on the Board of School Directors since 2019 as a representative of District #1. An MPS graduate of West Division (now Milwaukee High School of the Arts), she is well-known in the education community throughout Wisconsin for her research and fierce commitment to public education, challenging the policies that have defunded and cut services to public schools and demanding the public schools which all children deserve.
“We are delighted to honor Director Herndon for her work and advocacy for public education,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. “She is a champion for public schools and recognizes the positive impact they have on our young people in Milwaukee, specifically through music education. Director Herndon is more than deserving of this recognition and the district applauds her continued support of Milwaukee Public Schools.”
This year’s award winners will be highlighted as part of the 2021 Wisconsin State Music Conference at the President’s Welcome Reception from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.