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Barcelona, Thomas recognized as TMEA Outstanding Administrators

       Berry Miller Junior High principal Tony Barcelona and Roger Middle School principal Adjunta Thomas were recently recognized with the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Distinguished Administrator Award.

       This designation was created to honor upper-level school administrators who have been instrumental in preserving quality music education programs on their campuses and in their districts.

       Thomas and Barcelona were recognized for their efforts to ensure quality music education experiences are available to all, while fostering a supportive work environment in which music teachers are motivated to offer students their very best. Thomas and Barcelona were each nominated by their school band directors, Blake Lein and Christopher Bennett, respectively.

       Tony Barcelona is beginning his sixth year as an administrator at Berry Miller Junior High and his third year as a principal. During this time, he has established himself in the community as an administrator that cares about the success of his students above all else.

       “Barcelona has been an invaluable partner to Berry Miller’s music programs over the last several years. He understands the impact that a quality music education can have on the campus, the community and the individual life of a child,” said Rogers and Berry Miller band directors in their nomination application. “Since he took over as principal, he has advocated for our programs to raise the standard of our performance opportunities and take our students to larger stages. Moreover, he understands that our program is more than just a space to achieve musical excellence - it’s a safe place for students to belong and forge lifelong relationships.”

       Ajunta Thomas is currently beginning her third year as the principal for Rogers Middle School. Her principalship began about a month before the COVID-19 global pandemic unexpectedly shut down in-person learning. Despite this incredible and daunting challenge, Thomas decisively guided the school through this adversity, allowing the campus to continue to flourish.

       “Mrs. Thomas believes that a strong music education is a necessary part of our students’ well-being and understands how imperative the ‘beginner’ experience is. During the pandemic, Mrs. Thomas stood by us in making sure our program was not ‘put on the back burner’,” reads her nomination by the band directors. “She supported creative opportunities for our students to perform safely and she continues to provide endless support for our program's long-term vision. Aside from wanting our students to achieve musical excellence, she understands the importance of students developing lifelong relationships and strives to open doors for us to take social trips to foster these relationships. Mrs. Thomas works tirelessly to support our vision for music education and introduce our students to the life-changing power of music.”