Comments from coworker nominations:
I can say that Mecqae is an incredible teacher. Who else can control 75+ students at one time, while mentally assessing what sound they are producing, while waving their arms so fluently? NO ONE!!! If you have never had the chance to go in and observe her, you must. She is one of the best at what she does. PLUS she gives so much extra time for the love of her craft and her student.
Always the professional, Ms. Colligan sets high standards for her students, and she successfully empowers each of them to achieve those standards. This is why her Bands are among the finest I have ever heard. Her teaching methods are tried, true, and effective. Because she is a life-long learner, she also seeks new cutting-edge teaching methods. Virtually all of her efforts as a Music Educator are devoted to improving the musicianship of her students, and her efforts are validated by the polished performances of her ensembles. Always the friend, I cannot think of a colleague whom I have personally valued more than Mecqae. She truly cares about people, one person at a time. I know I can always count on Mecqae for encouragement and support. This is why I will always do the same for her.
Mecqae really helps to make So Jo Shine in the community. Her band performances are always a highlight for parents! She is enthusiastic, energetic, and always positive in her teaching. Her students love band because of her. While students are at So Jo, they develop a musical skill for life. She works many long hours making sure she is prepared to give students the very best. She also puts in many hours working with the Marching Band at Bingham. She is always happy and kind to her co-workers. She is well respected in our school. (more…)