Tonawanda News


May 17, 2014

NT music teacher honored by his peers


Tonawanda News — “I think that we have some really outstanding teachers who get the students ready for high school and have done a really great job,” Vallas said. “NT has some fabulous music teachers and I get to reap the benefits. And the best kids in the school walk through my door everyday. I’m blessed and excited every day I get to spend with them. It’s a joy for me.” 

Superintendent Greg Woytila said the feeling Vallas has toward his students is mutual, calling his devotion “a way of life.” 

“When I visit the music suite at the high school, there is always a vibe of excitement and enthusiasm in this special hallway of the school,” he said. “The students work twice as hard for him because they respect and value having him as a teacher and friend. His dedication to them is shown in the countless productions and after-hour practices and shows that he organizes to help the students be the best they can be.

Vallas is a Hamburg native who attended The Crane School of Music in Potsdam. He received a master’s in music performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is married with two children. For more information about the school’s music department go to 

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