Albuquerque the Magazine recently selected Sandia Prep's Jazz Band Director, Jesse Van Dam, for its 5th Annual Above & Beyond Teachers awards. He is featured in the magazine's April issue.
Mr. Van Dam is among 17 educators selected from around the metro area. Prep family the Butchers (Yvonne and John, and sons William '25 and Van '18) nominated Mr. Van Dam.
"The students relate well to him and enjoy learning from him," John Butcher told the magazine. "He cares about the music program and the students, and it shows."
This is Mr. Van Dam's fourth year at Prep. In addition to Jazz Band, he teaches 6th and 7th grade computer rotations and is an instructor in the Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP.)
Read more about Mr. Van Dam's accomplishments on page 59 of the April issue here.