The Penn State School of Music’s 2015-16 Outstanding Alumni Music Educator Award winner, Amy Martin Balsbaugh (’05 B.S.) will visit the University Park campus on Friday, March 25. She will give a presentation to music education students at 9:00 a.m. and officially receive the award at 2:30 p.m. during the school’s Common Hour.
Amy is currently the principal of East High Street Elementary School in Elizabethtown, PA. Prior to her appointment as principal, she was as a music teacher in the Warwick School District for nine years, where she served in a variety of leadership roles at the building and district levels, working with curriculum, grading and assessment, supervision and evaluation, and school-wide positive behavior planning.
While an undergraduate student at Penn State, Amy was a Schreyer Honors Scholar and a violinist in the studio of James Lyon. As part of her honors thesis, she researched and implemented a case study based on teaching autistic children to play the violin. She holds a master’s degree in music education from West Chester University with a focus on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, incorporating literature and language into the teaching of music. She has completed reading specialist coursework through Eastern Mennonite University, and holds principal certification from Penn State.
Amy Balsbaugh is a member of the National and Pennsylvania Associations for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National and Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals. She lives in Lititz with her husband, an elementary teacher, and their two dogs.