LAS VEGAS - The sounds of a Grammy nominee fill the halls of Clark High School. Dr. Chuck Cushinery is one of 10 music educators nationwide vying for the music industry's top honor.
"I didn't know the award existed until I got an e-mail that said someone nominated (me)," he said.
That someone was his son. For the first time, the Grammy Foundation is awarding a Grammy award for Music Educator of the Year. Out of 30,000 entries, ten nominees remain, including Dr. Cushinery.
"It's wonderful. It's a really interesting experience," he said. "It made me really hone in who I am as a teacher and why it's so important to me."
His son isn't the only one touting Dr. Cushinery's skills. His students also vouch for his excellence.