After thirteen years teaching elementary and junior high vocal music, Amanda Isaac is in her inaugural year as the Director of Choirs at Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, California. Choirs under her leadership consistently earn superiors or higher at festivals and her students regularly participate in county, all-state, division, and national honor choirs. After earning both a BA and MA in Music from California State University Chico, Mrs. Isaac furthered her professional studies by completing her Kodály Certification from McNeese State University. Mrs. Isaac has given presentations at both regional and state conferences for multiple organizations and enjoys guest conducting honor choirs. In 2016 she joined the faculty of the Colorado Kodaly Institute where she teaches the Level 3 Pedagogy and Folk Song Analysis courses. Named the Kern County Music Educators Association’s Choral Educator of the Year in 2013, General Music Educator of the Year in 2017, and Music Educator of the Year in 2018, Mrs. Isaac is currently serving as Past President of the organization. In 2018 she was also selected as California Music Educators’ Association Central Section’s Music Educator of the Year. She also chairs the Kern County CMEA Choral Ratings Festival, the California All-State Junior High (6-9) Honor Choir, and holds active memberships in the California Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and Organization of American Kodaly Educators. Outside of academia, Mrs. Isaac is the Director of Music Ministries for First Congregational Church, UCC in Bakersfield.