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2021-2022 Norwood Teacher of the Year



Mr. Erskine J. Long, Jr.

Norwood Elementary School's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year


Mr. Erskine J. Long Jr. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a graduate of Midfield High School. Mr. Long is a Fall 2016 graduate of Alabama State University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education with a concentration in Trombone. He is currently completing a Master's Degree in Music Education from ASU, with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2022.

During his tenure at ASU, Mr. Long was a member of the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, the ASU Jazz Band, the ASU Trombone Choir, various brass ensembles, and the world-famous Mighty Marching Hornet Band. He plays all brass instruments, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. He holds memberships in various professional musical organizations like NAfME, AMEA, ABA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.

Mr. Long has served as the Band Director at Norwood Elementary School for the last four years and has groomed several students playing in our BCS middle and high school programs. Recently, his group received all superior ratings at the Birmingham City All-City Evaluations in April 2021. In addition to his band director duties, he has also served as Chess Club Coach, EdTech Coach and is a vital part of the dismissal team daily.