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Wesfield Celebrates Teacher's Grammy

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Mr. Kent Knappenberger teaches music and choral classes at Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, new York

"He's just really had an impact on my life," said student MacKenzie Deland.

Knappenberger now has Grammy winner to add his resume, as during last Sunday's Grammy Awards, he was given the inaugural Grammy for Music Educator of the Year. 

"I kept thinking is this really me? I tell people I had my Driver's License with me so I could read it every once in a while and say 'ok, I guess I'm that guy.'"
 
He was flown to California for the celebration, and got to mingle with the stars.

 "We were sitting behind Metallica, next to Ozzy Osbourne, in front of Paul Shaffer, in front of Cyndi Lauper, three rows behind Lorde," said Knappenberger.

But being in the packed cafeteria at Westfield Academy and Central School, was just as important Mr. K, as he's known around there. Especially when it came to being among his students, the very reason he was nominated and won.

"I guess if there's a reason you get  nominated for something, boy, thank you that it came from them," said Knappenberger. "And a parent of a couple students, too. It really gets me."  

MacKenzie's mom, Kelly Deland, was the one who nominated Mr. K. Knappenberger said it still hasn't sunk in that he actually has a Grammy, but Kelly said, she knew he'd win.    

"We knew he was capable of it. When he got to the Top 25, the to the Top 10, in my hear, I knew they'd say his name on the news that day."

Knappenberger was one of more than 30,000 people who were nominated for this award.

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