Director of Herndon High School Orchestra Named Outstanding 21-22 Teacher

Kathleen Jacoby, director of the Herndon High School Orchestra, has been named the 2021-2022 FCPS Region 1 Outstanding High School Teacher. Ms. Jacoby received the award from Region 1 Deputy Superintendent Douglas Tyson alongside HHS Director Dr. Liz Noto.
Herndon High School Orchestra Director Kathleen Jacoby with Region 1 Assistant Superintendent Douglas Tyson

Mr Tyson said: ‘People outside of Herndon sat down, looked at what was there on the paper about you and said, ‘This person represents what we want as an outstanding educator in the area 1.’ And we felt that she was the person who represented all of us.

An HHS Senior said: “She certainly deserved this award. Ms. Jacoby works tirelessly to ensure that her students are always well prepared for each performance. It shows how much she cares about her students. »

Ms. Jacoby’s many accomplishments as a band manager have not gone unnoticed. She prepared the students in her group in just one month for a performance in the National Heroes Parade last Veterans Day weekend. Under his leadership, Herndon’s music program was successful. In 2013, the band was selected by the US Congress to represent Virginia at the 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Memorial Event in Honolulu, Hawaii. At this event, Herndon won the Grand Champion title. Then, in 2019, Herndon was again selected to perform, this time as one of ten select American high school bands to perform at the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.

Ms. Jacoby majored in music education at James Madison University, earned a teaching license, and immediately began teaching high school harmony. She taught for four years at Courtland High School before coming to Herndon High because she wanted to be closer to her family. Ms. Jacoby has been teaching at Herndon for 14 years.

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