The California Music Educators Assn. has selected John Adams Middle School Principal Eva Mayoral as the 2013 Outstanding Administrator of the Year.

The association is a statewide organization that is comprised of private and public school music teachers in grade school and at the collegiate level.

Each year the association selects key individuals in the state to honor and recognize their steadfast commitment and contribution to the musical arts.

Mayoral’s philosophy regarding music education revolves around the core notion that music is vital to educating the whole child, Angela Woo, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at JAMS, said in an e-mail to the school community.

“Music is recognized as a vibrant component of the JAMS curriculum as it gives our students a sense of belonging during their awkward adolescent years,” Woo wrote. “Ms. Mayoral understands that, for many of our students, being in our music program not only gives them a feeling of security, but they have a defined purpose for attending school.”

Mayoral will be recognized at the 2013 California All-State Music Educators Conference in Fresno, Calif. in February.

The instrumental and vocal music program at JAMS has nearly 600 students enrolled and features four concert bands, four string orchestras, six choirs, an instrumental conversion class and an after-school jazz band.

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