2018 Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year:
Cabrillo High School
Lompoc Unified School District
“I want my students to truly believe that the sound has the answer, and it will tell you if you listen. You are your own best teacher. I can’t make you better, but together we can help you find the better that is already in you.. – Garson Olivieri
Garson is the Band and Orchestra teacher at Lompoc’s Cabrillo High School. In addition to teaching at Cabrillo, he also taught at Vandenberg Middle School, in Lawndale and in Palmdale prior to that. Once in Lompoc, Olivieri started a string orchestra program that has expanded to five classes in three schools. The Cabrillo Marching Band he directs has won the bronze and silver medals at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Championships. Most recently, he completed a master’s degree in band conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Learn more about Garson HERE.
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2016 Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year:
Adams Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District
“The invisible structure underneath performing art is developing language skills, fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, listening skills and cooperation. These are the skills that combine to create empathy and humanity.“- Brett Larsen
Brett, an educator for 12 years, is the music program teacher that includes vocal music and Orff instruction for kindergarten through sixth graders at Adams Elementary School. Known for his open-door policy where he supports students with extra tutoring as needed before school and during students lunch period. He teaches all third graders how to play the recorder and ukulele, fourth grade students learn how to play the violin, and students in fifth and sixth grade receive instrumental music lessons. Also the organizer of the Talent Show, Grandparents Day, the co-leader to Bravo!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s elementary honor band, Garson is admired throughout the district for his genuine dedication.
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2015 Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year:
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District
“The main theme of the importance of thinking for yourself is one that resonates with me. Particularly in a modern society with so much technology at our fingertips, it is easy to quickly be caught up in something without thinking it through for yourself. That is a timeless message and one that certainly bears repeating.” – Sarah Barthel
Sarah received bachelor’s degrees with highest honors in mathematics and theater from Bethany College in West Virginia, then completed her MA.ed at Chapman University and has been teaching at Lompoc High since 2000. Both a math and drama teacher, Sarah has added AP Calculus and choir to her teaching schedule. She also worked for the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) in Santa Maria as the lead instructor for the Young People’s Project during the summers of 2011 through 2015.
To learn more about Sarah click HERE.