Instructional music teacher Indian River’s Teacher of the Year pick

Arthur Henry, honored Tuesday night as Indian River School District’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year, receives a wreath filled with gifts from Kelly L. Dorman, IRSD’s Director of Elementary Education. Mr. Henry is the instructional music teacher at Millsboro Middle School.

GEORGETOWN — Please excuse Arthur Henry for not having an acceptance speech prepared.

Millsboro Middle School’s instructional music teacher honestly thought he’d be applauding another of the 16 nominees for Indian River School District’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year, and not be the center of attention and applause.

“As a band teacher, I honestly didn’t think this would be something for me, and they (Teacher of the Year selection committee) obviously thought otherwise,” said Mr. Henry. “So, I am honored. I am humbled. I am grateful and surprised – shocked actually!”

And then there is his impending date with nuptials. He’s getting married Saturday.

“That’s why I think I am having trouble processing,” he said. “Because it’s like there so much happening at once.”

So, strike up the band for Mr. Henry, who will serve as IRSD’s Teacher of the Year ambassador into spring 2020. He will represent the massive Indian River district in the Delaware Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year program that culminates with the announcement of 2019-20 state Teacher of the Year in October.

The instructional music teacher at Millsboro Middle School since 2015, Mr. Henry is responsible for instructional music in grades 6-8. He teaches the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion instruments.

He is far, far more than a music/band instructor.

“Mr. Henry has shown to be a dependable and conscientious staff member who has integrated himself into the culture at Millsboro Middle,” said Millsboro Middle School Acting Principal Bradford Breasure. “He can be nurturing a student who is struggling, playing multiple instruments in his classroom or working at the concession stand to raise money. He commands respect from his students and colleagues. Mr. Henry will always bring solutions to any problems that he may encounter during the course of a school year.”

“Mr. Henry embodies what it means to be a teacher with the countless hours that he continues to perfect his own craft in music,” MMS Assistant Principal Christopher Costello. “He models what he preaches for the students, always striving to have his students succeed. That’s how he measures success for himself.”

Mr. Henry previously provided fifth-grade instructional music education at East Millsboro Elementary and Long Neck Elementary. Before coming to the IRSD, he was a classroom instructional music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia from 2012-15.

Mr. Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and a master’s in music education from Boston University. He also completed additional undergraduate work at Temple University.

Additionally, Mr. Henry attended The Salvation Army School for Officer Training from 1999-2001, earning an associate degree in occupational ministries. He received a full ordination as a Minister of Religion and a commission as a Salvation Army officer with the rank of captain.

Submitted photo/Indian River School District
Arthur Henry offers coaching and music instruction to Millsboro Middle School students.

Surprised and shocked, he accepts the role as IRSD’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year.

“It is a great thing. And if I can advocate for music, if I can advocate for my kids, I certainly will use this opportunity to do that,” said Mr. Henry. “Music speaks in ways that other things can’t. Music is something that these kids need in their lives. Math, English, social studies, science, they are very important things, but music is something that is going to affect them intrinsically in a different way. That is what I enjoy doing with my kids, teaching them how to be better musicians, better people, better human beings.”

Mr. Henry succeeds IRSD’s 2018-19 honoree Courtney White, who saluted the district’s 16 building honorees.

“As educators we chose a profession because we wanted to make a difference in the lives our students. Whether they are three or 18 we know that over the school year we have a daily impact in helping them to prepare for their unknown future,” Ms. White, a third-grade teacher at North Georgetown Elementary School. “We are so proud that you are helping to mold our future generation. And so, with all my heart, I thank the teachers we recognize today and the many more great teachers that quietly devote their lives to inspiring our children.”

Building Teacher of the Year honorees:

• Katherine Bennett, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School

• Ashley Broughton, Georgetown Kindergarten Center

• Wendee Bull, Georgetown Middle School

• Jeffrey Bunting, Indian River High School

• Megan Conway, Lord Baltimore Elementary School

• Catherine Dorey, G.W. Carver Center

• Stephanie Fair, Southern Delaware School of the Arts

• Alexandra Fish, John M. Clayton Elementary School

• Brian Gloyd, Long Neck Elementary School

• Kristopher Guerin, Howard T. Ennis School

• Heather Hellens, North Georgetown Elementary School

• Arthur Henry, Millsboro Middle School

• Elizabeth Illian, Georgetown Elementary School

• Jennifer Jerns, Selbyville Middle School

• Tracy Marvel, East Millsboro Elementary School

• Robert Weber, Sussex Central High School

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