Westfield Teacher Wins Music Educator Grammy

Westfield Academy and Central Schools teacher Kent Knappenberger has been awarded the Grammy for Music Educator Award.

The announcement was made this morning on the CBS Morning News followed by a four-minute segment on Knappenberger, Westfield Academy Central Schools and his family.

“When I found out, I cried,” he said in the CBS segment. “The people I teach and what I do is very important to me. … I know there is a country filled with very talented educators. As much as I learned about the other finalists, I’m just so glad to be part of something that they do.”

Knappenberger has been a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master’s degree in music education, harp performance and literature from Eastman School of Music, and he is a member of the National Education Association. Knappenberger has taken his passion for teaching abroad by serving as a volunteer music teacher at the Ana Gonzaga Methodist Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He lives resides in Westfield with his wife and children.