Caring and dedicated teaching professional with over 28 years of experience educating students through the art of music and now seeking the position of Fine Arts Coordinator.
Consistent Awards for musical excellence in Marching, Concert, Jazz and Orchestra. The EKHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1 and Symphonic Band have had Superior Ratings at all festivals attended since 2000.
Introduced Technology into the music department through digital recording of concerts and rehearsals, use of the CHARMS system for communication to students and parents as well as on-line assessment, on-line practice cards at the MS level, and SmartMusic- providing a valuable teaching/assessment tools toward student achievement.
KCEA Multi-Age Teacher of the Year: 2009-2010
MSBOA District Ten Teacher of the Year--awarded three times
MSBOA Teacher of the Year--twice a finalist
Performances at the State Music Convention with Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra
Curricular offerings have grown to five bands, two jazz ensembles, and instrumental techniques. Consistent award winning program enrolling three hundred students.
Grew the program into the largest middle school band program in Kent County with almost 500 students. Received the American School Band Directors Association Award of Excellence (1996)
Bands at WPHS and NMS consistently earned superior ratings at local and state festivals/competitions. Grew the program from 100 students to over 320 in three years.
Performing member of the music ministry--singing in choral groups as well as solo clarinetist for major worship services
My final recital was with the EKHS Wind Ensemble. The director of bands at MSU was so impressed with caliber of my students, I was able to use the holiday concert as my final recital.
President of the student chapter of MENC. Four year member of the Symphonic Band and Marching Band. Section leader of the marching band. Chamber Orchestra for West Side Story. Traveled to Japan on tour.
State of Michigan Professional Education Certificate: Music Education (JX) K-12
KEA, KCEA, MEA, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, American School Band Directors Association
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