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Durham Science & Math teacher wins Grammy

Staff reports

Phillip Riggs, music teacher at the NC School of Science and Mathematics
Phillip Riggs, music teacher at the NC School of Science and Mathematics

Phillip Riggs, who teaches music at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, has won a Grammy for Music Educator of the Year.

The award recognizes those teachers – kindergarten through college in public or private schools – who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.

Riggs, who has been teaching for 27 years and at the Durham school since 2008, was chosen from a field of more than 4,500 nominations from all 50 states. He is a past president of the North Carolina Band Directors Association and was chair of the N.C. High School All-State Band for eight years.

His win was announced Wednesday morning on CBS News.

Former student Sarah Stafford, a middle school band director who nominated him for the award, told CBS: “I don’t really think he’s a teacher. I think he’s an inspirer. And by that I mean he’s not just an inspiration – he taught us to be inspirations.”

Riggs will be at the awards ceremony and in addition to the Grammy, will receive $10,000.

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