Seacrest announces local teacher’s Grammy

We’d like to congratulate Westfield Academy teacher Kent Knappenberger for his music educator Grammy. Ryan Seacrest was on stage to announce that he beat out 32,000 finalists to become the first teacher to win the award.

Knappenberger has taught at the academy for more than 25 years.

Mr. K is humbled to be the first ever recipient. He told News 4, “When I found out I cried. The people I teach and what I do is very important to me and I know the country is filled with very talented educators.”

Mr. K will receive $10,000 as part of the award. He says he’ll be putting it toward new instruments, sheet music, and a trip to New York to see Broadway for a small group of students. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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