North Pole choir teacher gets statewide honor

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Members of the community and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District honored a North Pole music teacher this week for his time and dedication to students.
Julia Laude reports.
Allyson Lambert; School Board Vice President>>: "Bruce Hanson North Pole High School Choir Director was selected as the Alaska Music Educators Association's 2017-18 Music Educator of the Year."
Bruce Hanson; North Pole Choir Director>>: "For 19 years I've been at the most wonderful school in the state."
Out of his 24 years of teaching, Bruce Hanson spent 19 of those years in the music department at North Pole High School.
His instruction touched many, including former student Beth Curtis.
Words of Beth Curtis; Former Student>>: "She writes the following, without a doubt Mr. Hanson has been the greatest influence on my life. In shaping my education and career path, I started in North Pole High School choir as a shy and inexperienced pianist and because of the opportunities I had in choir, and Hanson's excellent instruction, I have continued a career in music and still play piano professionally. This wouldn't have been possible had it not been for Hanson's support and outstanding teaching. He gave us a gift and for that alone, he deserves this award."
Bruce Hanson; North Pole Choir Director>>: "The community of North Pole is an amazing support and the parents and the teachers, support choir and support music and treat it as something special and as a result it is."
This may be Hanson's last year working with his students as he plans to retire.
This is Julia Laude reporting.