I didn't like music in the slightest till I was 17 years old. The first instrument I picked up was a guitar. I was surrounded by great guitarists where I attended church so I became very curious about how to play. I slowly learned a few chords and started writing my own songs. This is where my story became very interesting. I had always wanted to be a teacher since I was in 6th grade. It was when I started college that I decided I wanted to teach music. I am overjoyed by the decision I have made to be an elementary music teacher, but it was extremely difficult for me to succeed in a college music program having NO musical background. Despite the tough road, here I am teaching music. It is because of how I struggled to catch up that I find patience for students who don't catch on right away. I know that they will succeed if they keep trying and don't give up.
My favorite part of teaching music is seeing students finally have that first musical moment and many more. Through these moments they realize what music means to them and discover how much joy it can bring to their lives. I love when parents wonder how my students, colleagues and myself put together such wonderful shows. The answer is simple - it is the magic of music, the power of community and the joy of Orff-Schulwerk.
I was educated in Adams 12 schools. I went to Westview Elementary, Huron Middle School and Northglenn High School. After high school I attended Metro State College and received my Bachelors in Music Education. My musical concentration was voice. I have since finished Level I, II and III of Orff- Schulwerk certification through UNC. I have also taken Music Curriculum and Unit Development I, II and III taught by Barbara Grenoble at the Grenoble Studio of Musical Arts. I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) where I have served in the past as Secretary for one year and a Member at Large for many years. I attend five Saturday workshops a year through the RMC-AOSA chapter. I also occassionally attend the AOSA and CMEA conferences. I love that I have opportunities to continue learning about teaching music and developing my own musicality.