Music grad named Student Teacher of the Year

Sonya Rice of Cartersville recently was named "Most Outstanding Student Teacher" by…

Georgia (Jan 1, 2000) — Music grad named Student Teacher of the Year

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Sonya Rice of Cartersville recently was named "Most Outstanding Student Teacher" by Kennesaw State University's Bagwell College of Education. She worked with master teacher Angee Tonsmiere at Cartersville Elementary School‚ whom she credits as her mentor.

"Ms. Tonsmeire is the best music educator I have met in my entire life‚" Rice said.

Rice originally planned to be a vocal performer‚ completing a bachelor of arts in performance at Kennesaw State in 1997. During her studies‚ however‚ she realized she loved working with children. After graduation‚ she returned to KSU to study music education.

"Sonya has a love of children and of music that is contagious‚" said KSU Assistant Professor of Music Education Barbara Hammond. "She bubbles with enthusiasm and joy. She has excellent organizational skills and knows how to think on her feet − crucial to teaching!"

Rice completed her bachelor of music in music education last month. This fall‚ she begins teaching full−time at Chalker Elementary School in Kennesaw.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100 from 118 countries‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit