Emily (Nunemaker) Bressler ’99, M.S. ’06, was the 2012 Illinois High School Association nominee for the National Federation of High School Associations Outstanding Music Educator Award.

Only one music educator is nominated from each state for the prestigious honor that recognizes an individual’s contributions to a high school program.

Bressler is the West Carroll High School band director and an adjunct professor at two community colleges. Beyond performing with several bands, she was the principal clarinetist on the premiere performance and recording of David Holsinger’s “Reagan of Illinois.” The piece was commissioned to celebrate Reagan’s 100th birthday.

Bressler and her husband, Mark, have two children.