Dr. Heather Cote is currently the K-12 Director of Performing Arts for the Westwood Public Schools in Westwood, MA, and adjunct faculty at Kent State University in the online Masters of Music Education program. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Hartt School, a Masters degree in Theater Education from Emerson College and a D.M.A in Music Education from Boston University, where her dissertation research focused on teacher evaluation. As the current Performing Arts Director, Dr. Cote is responsible for the evaluation of 14 performing arts teachers. Dr. Cote has taught vocal, general and instrumental music at all levels K-12. She currently teaches at Westwood High School where she conducts the concert band and wind ensemble. She has presented nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops. Dr. Cote is active in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association as Eastern District Chair, and is currently serving as state council coordinator and board liason. She is also serving a 3-year term for NAfME as the Eastern Division Representative for the Music Program Leaders Council.