MSBOA's 2022 Teachers of the Year

Thursday, February 17, 2022

MSBOA wishes to congratulate our 2022 Teachers of the Year!

2022 MSBOA Teacher of the Year for Band 


Susan Gould

Susan Gould was band and orchestra director at Greenville High School for 30 years until her retirement in May of 2021. In addition to the high school program, Mrs. Gould taught multiple levels of instrumental music, including fifth, sixth and eighth grade orchestra; and sixth grade brass, woodwind, and percussion.

She received her BME from Michigan State University in 1991 and her Master of Music Degree from Western Michigan University in 1999. She is an active adjudicator for MSBOA district and state level solo and ensemble, band, orchestra, and marching festivals. Mrs. Gould has been the guest conductor for the MSBOA Middle Level String Clinics, the Sanilac County Jr. High Massed Band, the District 4 Middle School Honors Band and the West Central Chamber Orchestra at Ferris State University.

She has held multiple positions with MSBOA, including District Seven Secretary, and 6th VP for Adjudicators and two terms as President. She was the MSBOA State Conducting Symposium Committee Chair for 6 years and served on the Michigan Music Conference Planning Committee for an additional 3 years. She holds memberships in ASBDA and MASTA. She has presented clinics to the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), several MSBOA Adjudicator workshops, and at four Michigan Music Conferences. Mrs. Gould was the MSBOA District Seven Orchestra Teacher of the year in 2001, 2009 and 2011, and was a finalist for MSBOA Orchestra Teacher of the Year in 2009 and 2011 and was MSBOA Teacher of the Year for Orchestra in 2011-2012. She was named District Seven Band Teacher of the year for 2021.

During Mrs. Gould's tenure, the Greenville High School instrumental program grew to include three concert bands, the orchestra, the marching band, music theory, and a zero hour jazz band. In 2005, The MASB awarded the Greenville K-12 Music Department with the "Michigan's Best" award for outstanding total program achievement and curriculum. The GHS Bands and Symphony Orchestra have outstanding festival records and solo and ensemble participation and history with students participating in and being nominated for several MYAF honors. Additional career highlights include the 1997 construction of a new music wing and auditorium and total music facility update in 2021, having the GHS Symphony Orchestra selected to perform for the 2012 Michigan Music Conference; traveling with the bands to Paris, France, four trips to Orlando and a trip to New York City in 2019, and taking the orchestra on trips to Toronto, St. Louis and Chicago. She also took yearly field trips to see Broadway musicals and opera locally, and brought in countless guest artists and performers.

She has been awarded numerous grant



2022 MSBOA Teacher of the Year for Orchestra

Maritza Garibay

Maritza Garibay is the Director of Orchestras at Detroit School of Arts High School where she teaches beginner strings, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, and music theory for instrumental music majors. She also leads the DSA New Music Ensemble and is the assistant marching band and drum line instructor. As a vital member of the arts and education community in Detroit, Garibay has worked tirelessly to provide her students with equitable musical experiences over her five years at DSA. Her orchestras have performed in masterclasses with Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, the Harlem Quartet, the National Arab Orchestra, Detroit jazz legends Regina Carter and Wendell Harrison, and have had their original compositions pressed to vinyl in partnership with 826 Michigan and Third Man Records.  

During the pandemic, she founded a virtual masterclass series called the Detroit Grooves Project. This Detroit-based cultural arts series provides music students the opportunity to work with local artists from Detroit and to learn about the impact of diasporic African and Black musical cultures in the city. This school year, Garibay has combined her knowledge of DIY analog synthesizers and her students’ passions for electronic music production for a series of instrument building workshops with the DSA New Music Ensemble.

Ms. Garibay has been involved in MSBOA since 2016. In her first year she took on the role of District XV Solo & Ensemble VP. After four successful years as S&E VP, Garibay was appointed District XV President. In service to her school community and the MSBOA, she joined the MSBOA Taskforce for Equity and serves on the Adjudication Sub-Committee where she developed and passed a motion for Implicit-Bias Training for all adjudicators through the Anti- Defamation League.

Ms. Garibay is currently enrolled at Wayne State University completing her Master of Arts in Music with a focus on BIPOC artists in experimental electronic music. She is looking forward to exploring new musical ventures with her students and playing for live audiences again.


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