02/26/2013 05:41 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

PEOPLE's Teacher of the Year Saves Music Program

It's always amazing to see people recognized for going above and beyond. Chosen as one of PEOPLE's Teachers of the Year, Robert Vega was just a teacher with a passion in Chicago. Vega is a music director who took on the department of over 350 students, just to ensure that the arts stay in school.

Check out how Robert inspires his students in HooplaHa's new video, Behind the Music:

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