Mrs Galli, Choral Director for Shephard Hill Regional High School, was honored by WSRS and Country bank as the Teacher of the Month for April 2012.
I would like to nominate Mrs. Connie Galli for Teacher of the Month. Mrs. Galli is the Choral Director at Shepherd Hill Regional High School for the Dudley/Charlton School District.
Mrs. Galli has been an instrumental part of the Shepherd Hill Show Choirs, Illusion ( all female choir ) and Fantasy ( mixed choir ) for the past 15+ years.
The Show Choirs compete locally throughout New England and have an outstanding record for placing Gold or Silver during the competitions.
This past March both groups ventured to New York city to partake in FAME, a nationally sponsored Show Choir event. To her surprise as well as both groups, Illusion placed 1st Runner Up and Fantasy placed 3rd Runner Up sealing two spots for FAME Nationals to be held in Chicago on April 20th.
Both groups needed to raise a total of $40,000 to attend this event. While we worked hard as a group to raise the money, Mrs. Galli spent countless hours at the school often until 11pm trying to arrange our transportation, hotel and activities while trying to not tap into the parents pocketbooks. Not only was she there late into the evenings, she worked with both Choirs to make them even better than what they were in New York. Her motivation was phenomenal. We had 3 ½ weeks to raise this money and we raised the entire $40,000!
We performed in Chicago on April 20th and while we did not place, the life time experience that Mrs. Galli gave us will always be a highlight of my high school education. Mrs. Galli, Illusion and Fantasy had never had the opportunity to attend Nationals until this year.
We are like a family, we cry together and we laugh together and without the dedication and hard work that Mrs. Galli puts forth, our family would not be.
I am proud to be one of her students an she is so deserving of this award!!