Nominated by Tiffani McCoy (parent):
Mr. Dyer has been the Band Teacher at Sherwood Middle School since 1985. He now teaches some of his former student’s kids! My daughter started playing the flute in his band class three years ago, having never picked up an instrument before. His passion for music and his love for teaching ring loud and clear every day. He has helped my daughter and many other band students to turn Band into a class they love, and helps to instill a work ethic that they carry on into high school. Now, my daughter is a freshmen, no longer at the middle school, and she and her fellow classmates still see Mr. Dyer on a regular basis. He often visits their band class on his free period. Mr. Dyer also has shown up on a regular basis for band competitions on the weekends, even though he lives 45 minutes away from the school. His love for teaching music
Congratulations Mike, from all of us at K103!
What inspired you to become an educator?
My band teacher in junior high and high school was Ken Masters. He’s now retired and living in North Bend. His standards were so high that we wanted to work hard to meet up to his expectations. We were willing to work hard because he believed in us. Because he pushed us, we were able to make some great music.
What do you like most about teaching?
Oh this is easy! The light bulb moments when kids “get it” and realize what they are able to do. It’s the best high and it never gets old. It’s also great to see my past students later in life as high schoolers and beyond. To have been a part of their journey is quite rewarding.
What has changed the most since you began your career in education?
Technology is viewed by many as a panacea when it’s really just another tool. It’s great, and I use it daily. However, education is still about teaching students how to USE the tools they have at hand and how to think critically. This enables our students to be ready to use the tools of the future that haven’t even been dreamed of yet. When the tool becomes the focus instead of the learning, then we’ve lost our focus. Helping students develop strength of character, a work ethic and a sense of personal responsibility builds qualities that transcend technology.
What would you like parents to know about your job?
We can’t do our job without you! In Sherwood we have the Sherwood Band Boosters. These band parents support our MS & HS band program with time, money and moral support. My band colleagues and I (Greg Angeloni & Brant Stai) are grateful for the partnership we have in our community.
Share a favorite story about your years in education:
I know this isn’t a direct answer, but my favorites are the stories of my students and colleagues over the past thirty-four years. With students, it’s their personal victories. When they put in the effort to perform at their best, it’s their growth that tells the story. With colleagues, it’s the sharing of each other’s joys and struggles that bind us together. I feel it is a privilege to be a band teacher in Sherwood.
Each week during the school year, K103 and Concordia University will honor a local educator. Each week, our honored educator receives:
- $103 Gift Card for Classroom School Supplies
- The Crystal Apple Award