Osmond I. Fisher
Central Academy of Excellence
Instrumental Band Director
What motivated your career in education?
I was mostly influenced by my father who was an active educator up until the age of 85. He spent his entire career motivating and cultivating his student to become great thinkers and musicians. I decided to become a music educator and follow in his footsteps. My dad worked tirelessly for over 40 years as a music educator and a community leader. When I graduated from college I made a commitment that I wanted to continue the legacy of building successful music programs with students in the urban community. My greatest contribution and accomplishments in education is having the opportunity to enrich student’s educational development by leading them on the pathway to college. I have assisted in obtaining dozens of scholarships for graduating seniors who have actively engaged in music my programs.
What message about public education do you want to share?
We compare our rankings to other countries who are excelling in math and science, however many of the top-ranking countries continue place music as part of their core curriculum. STEM is important; however, the letter A is missing from this acronym. STEAM, with A for arts is equally important. I encourage educators to stay current and continue to explore ways in which we can reach students in a culturally relevant and realistic manner.
We must also continue to educate and collaborate with our parents, community and administrators while advocating for the highest quality education experiences for our students.