Professional BiographyDr. Cheryl Newton
Music Teacher - Band
A1975 graduate of the A.J. Fletcher School of Music at East Carolina University, Cheryl Newton began her teaching career in Fairmont, North Carolina where she built the music program into a respected and integral part of the system's curriculum. After receiving a Master of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, where she studied with Dr. Charles Leonhard and Dr. Harry Begian, she returned home to Fairfax County, Virginia where she taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for three years. In 1984 she moved to Oakton High School. While teaching at Oakton she earned a Doctorate in Education from Virginia Tech, defending her dissertation and graduating in 1988. Under her direction, the bands at Oakton High School enjoyed a local, state and national reputation for excellence, receiving superior ratings at contests and festivals. The band program grew from less than 100 students to over 250, including a Symphonic and two Concert Bands, Guitar Ensemble, two Jazz Bands, Marching Band, Indoor Color Guard and Drumline. In addition, she taught Advanced Placement Music Theory to prospective college music majors and minors.
Dr. Newton is a member of many professional organizations including the Music Educators National Conference, ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota Life Member, VBODA and VMEA. She has received numerous awards during the course of her teaching career. While in Fairmont, she received the North Carolina Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator award. In 1992, Dr. Newton received the first Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the School of Music at East Carolina University. She was named Teacher of the Year at Oakton High School in 1994 and was awarded the Hodgson Award by the Fairfax County Public Schools for excellence in teaching and community service. She is listed in multiple editions of Who's Who Among American Teachers , Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who Among Women, and is the1997 recipient of the Silver Baton award presented by the Women Band Directors International for excellence and contributions to the profession. She was awarded the Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association in 2003 for the performance of the Oakton High School Symphonic Band at the annual Virginia Music Educators Association conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Most recently, she was named the 2011 Oakton High School Teacher of the Year. In 2011 she was named a Legion of Honor Laureate by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, an honor awarded to only eight band directors per year. In May, 2012 the Fairfax County School Board named the Oakton High School Band Room the “Dr. Cheryl Newton Band Room”. Additionally, she received a commendation for service to education from the Virginia House of Delegates.
Dr. Newton retired on July 1, 2012 after 28 years of service to Oakton High School, 31 years of service to the Fairfax County Public Schools and 37 years of service to music education. In August, 2013 Dr. Newton began a new career as a music teacher at J. Lupton Simpson Middle School in Leesburg, Virginia where she teaches beginning and 7thgrade woodwinds. She resides in Sterling, Virginia and remains in frequent demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician.
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