Mount Vernon man named Washington Music Teacher of The Year

Ramon Rivera teaches mariachi song and dance, helping connect kids with their culture.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Ramon Rivera’s music classes aren’t so much lessons as they are a celebration.

“When we perform mariachi music it’s a lot of joy,” he said. “The spirit in the room changes. It’ connects people.”

Rivera teaches traditional Mexican mariachi song and dance at Mount Vernon High School.

“It’s my job every day to make sure the world continues making beautiful music and that the youth in our community uses that music to amplify our community,” he said.

Rivera was recently named Washington’s music

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