Monika Tabor, the choir teacher at Cavelero Mid High School and Lake Stevens High School, is one of the 2020 Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA) Regional Outstanding Music Educators! She was selected for this honor by other music educators in the Mount Pilchuck Region. She will be presented with the award at the WMEA State Conference in Yakima in February.
“I love teaching kids, and music is my medium,” said Tabor. “It’s an absolute privilege having the opportunity to work with students for multiple years. We become one big family, sharing the special bond of music.”
Tabor has been a choir and music teacher for the past 16 years. She got her start in Battle Ground School District before moving to Everett, and then returning to her Lake Stevens roots. She has been a member of the Lake Choir Fam since the early 90s—when she was a choir student at Lake Stevens High School—and now she’s leading the development of future vocalists. As a high school sophomore, she was a member of the LSHS Jubilation Choir and had an amazing opportunity to travel to Switzerland to sing in the televised celebration of the country’s 500 year birthday.
Education runs in Tabor’s blood—she has fond childhood memories of helping in her mom’s kindergarten classroom. She’s always had a love of music, and plays the piano in addition to her vocal talents. She’s passed on this gift to her daughter, Haley, who shares the love of singing.
Tabor’s talents extend beyond Lake Stevens. In addition to serving on the WMEA Board, she has the honor of directing two choirs in early 2020—the SnoKing Honor Choir, made up of eighth-graders from Snohomish and King Counties; and the Fifth-Grade Honor Choir in Vancouver, Wash.
“Wow! I can’t believe this is my life,” said Tabor.