Bonnie Harmon continues bringing firsts to Salem Schools. 

She brought Salem’s first state title – for best marching band in 2013.

She became the first Salem teacher to be named president of the Indiana High School Music Association in 2018. 

Now she’s been honored as 2019 High School Teacher of the Year from the Indiana Music Education Association. 

“I am so very honored to be recognized with this award,” Harmon said. “I’ve been a member of IMEA and MENC since I was a college student. I respect this organization so much and to be honored by them is truly humbling.”
Harmon will receive the award at a ceremony on January 19 at the Embassy Theater at the beginning of the IMEA Honors Band Concert as part of the annual Professional Development Conference in Fort Wayne. 
“IMEA is the Indiana Music Educators Association and MENC is the Music Educators National Conference, which is now called NAfME – the National Association for Music Education,” note Harmon.

From Owensville, Indiana, Harmon graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in secondary education from Indiana University.

After coming to Salem, she has served as chairman of the middle school fine arts department. Harmon continues to teach music classes at Salem Middle School and works as co-president of the Salem Classroom Teachers Association.

Harmon has been a band director at Salem for nearly 30 years and has taught and directed for more than 35 years total.