HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - FOX 46 recognizes teachers getting results in the classroom. This week, FOX 46 introduces you to a man who uses music to make an impact.
"I love the fact that my job actually matters," said Torrence Creek Elementary Music Teacher Kevin Brawley. "I can see it making a difference."
But what Mr. Brawley didn't see coming, was FOX 46 surprising him as this week's teacher getting results.
FOX 46 was there as "Mr. B" waltzed around the room, the sights and sounds of music surrounding him.
"Music has been a part of literally my entire life," said Brawley.
"He's just an overall great guy to have in the school," said Torrence Creek Elementary Principal Jason Bissinger. "And a good role model for everyone."
"Mr. B" is one of 30 music teachers across the country being recognized by the Country Music Association in Nashville.
"He's done so much for the school," Bissinger said. "His music program is known across the district and his kids love coming to class. He has really made music fun for the kids."
As the tunes travel through the classroom, he's clearly hitting all the right notes with his students.
"It's not like any other music teacher," said Fifth Grade Student Stefan Hibbert. "He comes up with fun ways to teach you."
"He's not just fun, he also helps you learn," said Fifth Grader Charlotte Mueller.
"He interacts with us," said Hibbert. "Some other teachers don't do that -- and that makes him stand out."
Not to sound like a broken record, but "Mr. B" really is just that great at what he does.
"I like opening them up to different ideas of what their future could look like and how music can be a part of it," said Brawley. "And the sky is the limit, really."
It's amazing to see the smiles on the kids’ faces," said Bissinger. "He pulls me in and he likes to get me up here participating with the kids."
His classroom is a safe place where failure shouldn't be feared. And for "Mr. B," it's all about the kids and teaching them that music matters.
"I think any music teacher can teach about the notes and rhythms and things like that," Brawley said. "I want them to walk away with the feeling I cared for them and this was a safe place they could explore ideas and learn things about themselves and be themselves in a comfortable and safe place."