August 4, 2017
Aug. 4, 2017—Deidre Douglas, the head choir director at Cypress Falls High School, recently won one of the most distinguished awards in the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA).
Nominated and selected by her peers, Douglas was a 2017 winner of the Texas Choral Excellence Award. The award is based on the recipient’s contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.
Douglas received the honor at the TCDA 2017 Convention on July 22 in San Antonio, a moment that caught the long-time teacher by surprise and brought her to tears.
“This is about making an impact on kids' lives other than just through music,” Douglas said. “I feel that as educators and as teachers, we need to as much as we can, steer kids in the right way so that they can start off their lives in a productive way.”
Beyond her reputation in leading an award-winning program at Cypress Falls High School, Douglas is equally regarded for her compassion and mentorship of students and fellow educators.
“Deidre is unique in her talents and also in her abilities,” said Kari Gilbertson, the association’s immediate past president who just ended her two-year team. “After she won, I was just inundated with emails. I heard from many of her students who said she was like a second mother and how she cared about them as people and not just students.”
The excellence award began in 2005 in marking the association’s 50th anniversary. Five were honored the first year and six in 2015 for the 60th anniversary. Douglas was one of two winners this year.
“Deidre Douglas is absolutely one of the finest educators I’ve ever known,” Cypress Falls High School Principal Becky Denton said. “She is able to get the very best out of each student because of the relationships she forms. Deidre is quick to shine the light on everyone around her so it is only right that today, the spotlight is on her.”