Hilliard's Virginia "Ginny" Faulkner recently was named the 2014 teacher of the year by the Ohio chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Faulkner was honored Feb. 6 at the annual meeting of the Ohio chapter at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
"I am honored and humbled ... to be recognized by so many colleagues, many of whom I call my mentors," said Faulkner, who has taught for 17 years, including 14 years at Hilliard City Schools.
Faulkner instructs orchestra classes at Tharp Sixth-Grade School, Weaver Middle School and Davidson High School.
At Weaver, she directs two concert orchestras and a cadet orchestra. At Davidson, she assists Mark Sholl, the orchestral director.
"One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with these students every year," Faulkner said.
She said she appreciates being able to begin working with students in the sixth grade, then continue with them at Weaver and Davidson.
Faulkner said the music program has expanded significantly since she joined the Hilliard faculty.
"When I started (at Weaver), I had about 50 or 60 students," Faulkner said.
Today, she has 130 students among the three orchestras at Weaver.
In addition to classroom instruction, Faulkner prepares ensembles for competitions each school year and consistently achieves superior ratings, said Sholl, who nominated Faulkner for the recognition.
Faulkner was not aware Sholl had nominated her. She said she was judging at an Upper Arlington middle school when the president of the Ohio chapter of the ATSA informed her.
Sholl credits Faulkner with providing him with great musicians, and the preparedness and skills of her students was a primary reason he nominated her, he said.
"My success (as Davidson) is contingent upon (the instruction my students get) at the middle school," Sholl said. "Ginny produces the best musicians for me."
A native of Boardman in northeastern Ohio, Faulkner, 38, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Ohio State University.
She and her husband, Jim, live in Hilliard with their two children.