This week’s 1+1 award recipient is a dedicated teacher of the arts

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Twice a month, NewsCenter1 and First Interstate Bank join forces to award an outstanding educator. The educator receives a $500 grant for classroom expenses and special projects. 

This weeks winner was Ms. Carol Knowles, an orchestra teacher at East Middle School.

Knowles started her journey in music as a child. She grew to love it and even received a full ride to the University of Wyoming because of her talent. Her passion turned into the career of a lifetime.

She currently dedicates all of her time to teaching kids the beauty of music and helping others fall in love with the art.

“I wanted to share my experience with kids because you know it’s a ticket to get to do a lot of things. Besides performing you get to travel, play at weddings, it’s just a very special thing to get to play a musical instrument,” said Knowles.

Not only does she teach middle school, but she also teaches at three other local elementary schools and is the director at Black Hills Suzuki School.

She gives all of her time to others, so her nominator wanted to give back to her. She often uses her own personal money to buy supplies for her classroom and gives her students the best she can.

She was overjoyed and thankful for the award. She hopes to put the money toward scholarships for her students.

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