2019 Election results – meet the new officers
Elementary Vice President
Bio: Michael Jaycox teaches K-5 general music in Powell, WY and Clark, WY. He previously taught K-5 general music and middle school choir, 6-12 band and 9-12 choir in Greybull, WY. He grew up in Laramie and graduated from Laramie High School in 2007. He then attended the University of Wyoming to pursue a degree in music education. During his time at UW, Michael was very active in the collegiate music education program. He held offices in the UW chapter of CMENC, now NAfME, as secretary and twice as president. As president, Michael was responsible for bringing in clinicians to present to the local chapter. Michael also organized a community program where UW students would go and perform at a local nursing home.
In 2010, Michael received a certificate of achievement from The National Association for Music Education for his dedication to music education and leadership as president with CMENC. During his time as an undergraduate, Michael was a drum major with the Western Thunder Marching Band for four years, two of those years as head drum major. Michael graduated with his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2012 and started the UW Summer Master’s program in the summer of 2013. Michael completed his Master’s in Music Education in August of 2015. In 2016, Michael was awarded the honor of Outstanding Young Music Educator for the North Big Horn Basin Music District. Michael Has completed Orff Levels I and II, and plans on finishing his Orff Certification in the summer of 2019. Michael is very active within the WMEA, having served as the In-Ovations Vice President for 2016-2018 and Elementary VP from 2018-2019.
Choir Vice President
Bio: Leah Hoblit is currently the 6-12 choir teacher in Buffalo, Wyoming. She received her B.A. in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music Education from the University of Wyoming. Before moving to Buffalo, Leah spent five years teaching in the Rock Springs and Green River area. She taught middle and high school choir, guitar, and music and video production. She also directed, co-directed, and accompanied a series of musicals including: Annie Jr., Seussical the Musical Jr., Grease, Beauty and the Beast, andSchool of Rock. Outside of school, Leah teaches private voice and piano lessons, sings with Skyline Singers, and serves as an adjudicator and clinician for districts across the state. In her free time, Leah likes to travel, read, and spend time with her family and spoiled dog, Buster.
Orchestra Vice President
Position Statement: I am running for the office of Orchestra Vice President because I have a strong working knowledge of all aspects of the All State Orchestra. I am organized, task-oriented, and will ensure that important information is clear, understandable, and distributed in a timely fashion. I believe that the Orchestra Vice President must have good communication with the other WMEA board members as well as the music teachers around the state. If I am elected, I will strive to learn from and communicate with my colleagues to ensure that all music students in Wyoming continue to have the best possible chance for success.
Bio: A native of Laramie, Wyoming, Sarah McCoy began studying the violin at the age of six under the instruction of Sherry Sinift in the String Academy of Wyoming. In 2015, Mrs. McCoy graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s in Music Education and a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2012. While at UW, Mrs. McCoy studied violin with Sherry Sinift and viola with James Przygocki. Mrs. McCoy has just completed her sixth year as director of orchestras at Laramie High School, the University of Wyoming Lab School, and Linford Elementary School. In addition, she teaches violin and viola at the String Academy of Wyoming and serves as the Associate Concertmaster with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. McCoy was the recipient of the 2018 Wyoming Music Education Association’s Young Music Educator of the Year. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing and square dancing with her husband, Spencer and playing with their newfoundland, General and cat, Pickels.
Position Statement: I would like to continue the great work of past secretaries and serve the WMEA in a different capacity. I’m very passionate about the work we do for the children of the state and want to serve our organization to further that work. I’ve been on the WMEA Board for the past five and a half years and am very familiar with the work involved in this position and am very excited at the prospect to serve in this capacity.
Bio: Andrew Salzman is in his sixth year of teaching music for Carbon County School District #1, currently the Director of Bands at Rawlins High School, he previously held positions as Director of Bands at Rawlins Middle School, and music specialist at Rawlins Elementary School. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. In addition to being a member of NAfME and WMEA, currently serving as Music in Our Schools Month Chair and President of the South Big Horn Music District, he is also a member of the NEA and WEA, currently serving as President of the Carbon One Educator’s Association. Andrew is active in his community through his involvement with the Rawlins Elks Lodge #609 and their many community service activities and also serving as Esteemed Lecturing Knight.