My role as a music educator is to provide the students with a safe environment to become who they were meant to be. Although it is important for students to understand the concepts and skills that are necessary in the music room, my main goal by the end of the year is to boost the confidence of every student in my classroom. I strive to provide the outlet during the day that the kiddos need from subjects that may challenge them in the classroom and life in general.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal and General Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I have been at Discovery every since moving here in 2015. Through my first years teaching, I have gained experience with Orff Schulwerk methodology, Responsive Classroom, and musical and choir directing. I am very excited to continue building the music program at Discovery and strengthen my professional learning.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a major soccer fan, as well as football and basketball. Go Colts, Pacers, and Indy Eleven! I love to go on adventures and experience new things. I like meeting new people and hanging out with friends. I love food, especially popcorn. I have recently added a new member to my family, a puppy! Her name is Tillie. Being a dog mom is awesome! I enjoy getting to spend time with Mrs. Walker at school and teaching kiddos about music.
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen is one of my favorite stories to share with students. This book was introduced to me while I was student teaching and has had a special place in my heart every since. This story was the first book that I shared with students at Discovery during a summer Westover read aloud three years ago! I love sharing this book with students because of their reactions at the very end. I hope that with sharing this story with students, they will continue to search for what they truly are in the world because none of the are pout-pout fishes!