Christy Fine putting a rest to orchestra


Gillian Lang

Christy Fine directs the SFHS orchestra in London.

Keona Olguin, Santa Fe Staff Writer

Teacher of the year in 2019 and retiree in 2021.

Santa Fe’s Orchestra teacher, Christy Fine, is retiring as of the end of the 2021 school year. Fine has been a part of staff for 28 years and was part of the original team of teachers when the school first opened in 1993. Previously teaching at Putnam City and Summit, while continuing to split her hours teaching at Summit and Heartland middle schools, her career in education has been fulfilling. 

From the Santa Fe Orchestra page, Fine said, “Music transcends barriers of ethnic background, economic status, language, and even literacy in its power to reach the depths of the human soul.”  

“She was my orchestra teacher at Summit middle school, I was one of two cello players and she always encouraged me to do my best. Because of her, I developed a lifelong love for the cello and its beautiful music. It’s been a privilege and honor to have her as a colleague in my adulthood,” English teacher and The Howler adviser Stephanie Bray said.

Students and teachers alike will miss having her as part of Santa Fe staff next year, Ms. Fine will be replaced next year by current Band teacher Sarah Neely.