Michelle Droe is the music teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Cedar Falls, Iowa. For a long time her students and colleagues have known that she’s a remarkable teacher, but now she’s receiving national recognition for her work. She’s a semi-finalist for a music educator Grammy award.
One special exercise Droe does involves sixth grade students pretending to be street musicians. They work with a partner or come up with a performance on their own.
"They'll go in the hallway in May, and they'll perform, and they'll have a bucket in front of them, and I'll have some younger kids being led by some fifth grade leaders, they'll come around and listen to each person's performance and drop some Monopoly money in their bucket like they are a street musician," Droe says.
The Grammy finalists will be announced in January.