Position: Band Director
School: Central Middle School
School District: Port Huron Area School District
City, State: Port Huron , Michigan
About the Nominee: Shawna Manhart was nominated by her principal, Ethan Barden. Mrs. Manhart has been a middle school band director in her district for many years, serving two different middle schools. When Chippewa Middle School was closed at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year, she played an integral role in easing the transition of Chippewa Middle School students to Central Middle School. Mrs. Manhart voluntarily teaches band all day without a prep hour. Most of her classes are maxed out because the demand to be part of her band program is so significant. Mrs. Manhart provides her students with excellent music instruction, as well as multiple opportunities to showcase their skills in various parades and public service performances. She is the consummate professional, and she strives to make Central a great place to learn.