Choral/vocal music instructor Vicki Blaylock of Newton, who also serves as Chairperson of the Division of Fine Arts, was recently selected 2013 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Each year, the Mississippi Humanities Council honors one faculty member from each of the state's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

In recognition of her selection, Blaylock will present a program titled "Music: The Ripple Effect" at 7 p.m., Nov. 12, in Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

"I plan to discuss the importance of music both economically and culturally, as well as music education and its importance," Blaylock said. "I will also be performing several musical selections while discussing the 'ripples' or the people that were influences in my music career and how all of us can be a ripple to ensure music is a vital part of education."

Blaylock joined the ECCC faculty in 2000 and has 31 years experience in music education. She has taught keyboard, voice and music education courses and currently serves as director of the Concert Choir and Ac'cents show choir.

She was recently elected president of the Mississippi Community and Junior College Choral Association and in 2003 was selected a Lamplighter, which honors outstanding community and junior college faculty throughout the state.

Blaylock received her bachelor's degree in music education from Delta State University and the master's degree in music education from Mississippi College.

She also has completed Kodaly Level I Certification.

She is married to Ronnie Blaylock and they have two children, Clanton and Anna Rose, who are both graduates of East Central Community College.