Congratulations to WITN's Teacher of the Week for February 14th, 2014: Angela Morgan Tyer of Greene County.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Tyer had lived in many other states.
She began her musical study in the 4th grade. Most of her music experiences were in Fort Dodge, Iowa. As a child, Tyer played the flute in concert band, the piccolo in marching Band, saxophone in jazz band, the piano in high school and college, some guitar in college, sang in chorus in grade school, sang in show choir in high school, sang in Greenville Youth Chorale in high school, and sang in ECU chamber singers in college.
Tyer lives in Snow Hill with her husband Will Tyer and daughter Abigail Tyer.
Tyer currently holds the positions of choral director at Greene County Middle School and Music Director at Calvary Memorial United Methodist Church in Snow Hill.
She majored in Music Education and Music Therapy and also studied voice with Dr. Perry Smith at East Carolina University.
She also placed 1st in the National Association Teachers of Singing Competition in 2000.
Part of Tyer's nomination read, "Angela Tyer is dedicated to the Music Program at the Schools. With the low funding of music programs everywhere, she searches out funding sources like grants and contests."
With the help of Northwest Elementary students in Pitt County, Tyer helped win a grant for $10,000 for the best in the state in the Oscar Mayer Schoolhouse Jam Contest. She is a member of MENC, NCAE, and has National Board Certification.
This is Tyer's 12th year of teaching.
"I believe the exposure and experiences my parents provided me as a child is what makes me a dedicated and creative music teacher," said Tyer. "I love teaching and strive to love every student and find value in all of them. I believe every person has a purpose and a gift. I am dedicating to using music education as the portal for discovering my student's strengths and talents!"