Interlochen's faculty continue to earn awards for top-level instruction as Dr. David Montee, Instructor of Theatre at Interlochen Arts Academy, recently was selected as an honorable mention recipient of the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University's Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Of 23 instructors chosen from across the nation, Montee is one of the 20 honorable mention recipients.
This annual honor recognizes K-12 theatre educators in the U.S. who have demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embody the highest standards of the teaching profession. Montee's inclusion as an honorable mention recipient is a nod to both his instructional prowess and the quality of education available at Interlochen.
"To have David receive an honorable mention from the committee is a tremendous achievement," says William Church, Director of Theatre Arts for Interlochen Center for the Arts. "It really says a great deal about David as a respected teacher, and also speaks to the level of instruction our students are receiving."
Dr. Montee has received educational awards from every institution at which he has taught in his 30-plus years of instruction. He has been cited numerous times by Who's Who Among America's Teachers and named as a Distinguished Teacher by the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholars program twice, in 2001 and 2009. In 2004, he was awarded the Coca-Cola Distinguished Teacher in the Arts from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Dr. Montee is the author of Translating Shakespeare: A Guidebook for Young Actors (2014).