||Tammy Owens has been a pillar of music education standards and practices within the rural schools of Northern Nevada for nearly 30 years. Tammy initially built a stellar program teaching k-12 music in Smith Valley for several years. She built her program to incorporate Band, Choir, General Music, Pep Band, etc. She also was able to teach students that were accepted into the All-State Band/Choir at that time, which was a huge milestone for the Smith Valley Community. She then moved to Douglas County, where she taught Elementary Music and built a fantastic program, supporting excellent musicians entering into Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.