Personal HistoryThe experiences that led me to want to become a music teacher started early in my life because I was exposed to music on a daily basis in my home. My father played the bassoon in the Seattle Symphony and my mother taught piano lessons in our home. I watched the symphony perform and concluded that the violin was superior to any other instrument and did not rest until my parents signed me up for lessons.I had many violin teachers and conductors who impacted my decision to become a music teacher because of their examples of skilled and passionate teaching. One of my most influential teachers however, was my high school choir teacher Mr. Reich, who suggested that I pursue voice training. Mr. Reich’s advise was powerful for me because I hadn’t realized my potential as a singer. I entered Brigham Young University as a voice major, where I earned a BA in music.While raising my four children, I had many opportunities to teach, including directing children’s choruses, teaching musical theatre classes, and running my own private music studio in which I taught violin, voice and piano. While teaching music in the Lake Stevens School district as a long term sub and music director for the high school musicals I began to visualize myself running a school music program myself. I could see the potential to make a difference in the lives of young people.I entered school at the University of Washington, where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Following my graduationin 2012 I was hired by Everett Public Schools to teach band/choir at HeatherwoodMiddle School and general music at Silver Firs Elementary. I am so excited to teach choir and band at Evergreen. This is what I love to do most.Professional Statement
My professional goal is to contribute to the growth of the arts in schools and communities as a secondary public school music teacher. I am dedicated to forming or expanding strong public music programs, which I believe is essential for the development of young talent as well as for the benefit of the community at large. I see the potential for music programs to make a difference in the lives of young people because of the influence my teachers had on me. I want my students to have exciting, positive experiences in music so they will continue to study music and have it enrich their lives as it has mine.