The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 3, 2013

Liberty teacher one of two still contending for $10,000 prize

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

— Liberty High School’s music and theater teacher Everett Jeremy Rodriguez is now one of two teachers contending for $10,000 in The Great American Teach-Off.

Over the last four weeks, the public has been voting for a teacher to take home the prize and each week Rodriguez has moved forward in the rounds.

Voting will continue through April 7 and the winner will be announced.

Rodriguez hopes to use the funds to create a computerized piano lab at Liberty to allow the singer/songwriters to publish their own songs through programs like Finale.

Rodriguez directs the Liberty High School World Percussion Ensemble. The only group of its kind in southern West Virginia, the ensemble both performs and leads educational drumming workshops facilitated by the students.

Rodriguez shares music with his students in a way that imparts in them character, responsibility, purpose and self-motivation.

His students already work collaborating to produce music videos of their original compositions. With a computerized piano lab, students would be able to do musical notation, play back their compositions and print their work.

Rodriguez is now only up against Christopher Pennington, a life skills teacher in Minneapolis.

Votes can be cast once per day through April 7 online at, http://

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