Depoali Middle School Teacher Named Nevada’s “Music Teacher of the Year”: Daniel Barthel receives prestigious award during ceremony in Las Vegas

Daniel Barthel, Nevada Music Educator of the Year for 2018Reno, NV (April 18, 2018) – Depoali Middle School band teacher Daniel Barthel has been named Music Teacher of the Year by the Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA). The recognition is given to one outstanding music educator in Nevada each year.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from my peers,” said Barthel, who has taught music in the Reno area for 14 years. “I enjoy teaching music and am grateful to work with so many excellent music educators from all different parts of the state.”

“Where do I begin when talking about Dan Barthel?” said Joye Ancina, principal at Depoali Middle School. “He is one of the most amazing educators that I have ever had the pleasure to work with in my 20 years. He has developed the best music department in Washoe County School District by collaborating with the Orchestra and Choir teachers. The impact that he has on students reaches further than his classroom. He is a teacher leader within our school who helps to develop the master schedule so that we can genuinely teach the whole child.  His band program is topnotch, with superior ratings and enthusiastic engagement from all students.  He contributes to all aspects of student and staff development that have helped to establish a positive learning environment where students are challenged and excel. Dan Barthel is continuously seeking opportunities for his students inside and outside of school and makes a difference in the lives of his students.”

Barthel began working with the District in 2004, and helped open Depoali Middle School in 2009. During his tenure at the school, the band program has grown in size and in participation levels among the 300 students who take classes in jazz band, concert band, Winter Guard, percussion ensemble, and other chamber ensembles. Depoali Middle School bands have consistently earned superior ratings in concert band festivals in northern Nevada and northern California.

“Dan is a teacher leader and highly respected by peers locally, within our state and western region,” said Julye Neel, K-12 fine arts coordinator and music supervisor for the Washoe County School District (WCSD). “He leads by example as an instructor, mentor, community member, parent and friend. If I had children, they would be in his class!”

“As a music teacher myself there was nobody I’d rather have chosen to teach my children,” said Kevin Sady, a WCSD music teacher who nominated Barthel for the award. “Dan truly works harder than any other music teacher I know.”

Barthel is also personally active in the band community, serving as the WCSD Honor Band coordinator, NMEA past president and advocacy chair, and middle school all-state band coordinator. He also co-directs the Lake Tahoe Music Camp each summer.

Daniel Barthel graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music education. He is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Men’s Music Fraternity and the National Association for Music Education. His wife, Amy, is also a music educator with WCSD. The couple has two children.