Chalkboard Champion: J.R. Boatwright of Johnson-Wakeland School

Band leader hits all the right notes
Updated: Apr. 26, 2019 at 8:23 AM EDT
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SARASOTA (WWSB) - A music teacher at Johnson-Wakeland School in Manatee County is striking a chord with students, alumni and colleagues. J.R. Boatwright is our ABC 7 Gettel Automotive “Chalkboard Champion” for April in Manatee County.

Mr. Boatwright, a Lakeland native, has been a teacher for 12 years, the past six in Bradenton. He says he loves what he does. And it shows.

Sarah Martin nominated Mr. Boatwright for the impact he had on her son, Sam.

“Mr. Boatright gave Sam music, that was a great gift. But he also showed him what a gentleman looks like, what a hard worker looks like,” Martin said.

Congratulations, Mr. Boatwright on being a positive influence on the students!

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