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Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 4, 2012

Band director named Teacher of Year

Jon Grantham 'brings out the best in people'

The Pleasanton Unified School District has named Amador Valley High School band director Jonathan Grantham as its teacher of the year.

Grantham, who has been with the district for nine years, is described by his colleagues and parents of his students as an amazing teacher who instills confidence and respect in his students. They said in making the selection that Grantham "believes in the talent and skills of his students and expects excellence from them," adding that he is compassionate and understanding and masterfully engages students.

"Mr. Grantham brings out the best in people," Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said. "Observing his students in the classroom and at competitions, there is no doubt they take pride in what they do. Jon is a gift to public education."

Grantham, who's well known to the Amador music community for directing four concert bands, the school's marching band and Jazz B, said he was "humbled" by the award.

"A number of my colleagues have recognized me for my contributions, and that means a lot," he said. "There are a lot of them that deserve the recognition."

Grantham's name will be submitted to the Alameda County Office of Education for the county's Teacher of The Year program.

-- Pleasanton Weekly staff

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