HEATHER STENNER is a singer/songwriter/arranger, substitute teacher, former elementary school general music teacher and university supervisor as well as a mother of two terrific kids. She lives in Longmont, Colorado with her husband, kids and their border collie named Patch. She writes music for all ages and can be found at www.Enthusic.com CHERYL MILLER THURSTON has many years of experience teaching English and language arts, 7th grade through university, as well as writing classes for senior adults.
HEATHER believes that movement and humor keep kids focused, on-task and excited about what they're doing! It's important to build a strong relationship with your students as you laugh alongside with them. CHERYL believes that you must get (and keep) student's attention in order to help them learn. She is also a great believer in the power of humor in education.
HEATHER has twice been nominated by her peers as "Teacher of the Month" in 2002 and 2011 and subsequently nominated for "Teacher of the Year" in 2002. She also received a generous and unsolicited $1000 grant after receiving a standing ovation at a Rotarian luncheon! CHERYL was named a northern Colorado "Woman of Vision," 2012. A past winner of the Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Children's Playwrighting Award. Finalist for the Colorado Book Award for book of poems about education, "Hide Your Ex-Lax Under the Wheaties."
HEATHER received her bachelors degree in Music Education from Colorado State University in 1996. She also holds Level I Orff Certification as well as MusikGarten Pre-school Training. She is a member of the National Assocation for Music Education (NAME.) CHERYL studied at the University of Northern Colorado.
CHERYL MILLER THURSTON is a writer and former teacher, grades 7-university. She is the founder of Cottonwood Press, Inc., which published materials for English and language arts teachers for over 25 years before being sold to Prufrock Press. She is the author of UnJournaling, Surviving Last Period on Fridays and Other Desperate Situations, Ideas that Really Work, and many other books, plays, and musicals. Her musical plays have been produced by community theaters and school drama departments all over the country. She is the creator, writer, director for the musical comedy performing group Moonlighting Teachers, which has performed for local, state, regional, and national educational conferences for over 15 years. More information about her books and materials can be found at www.CherylMillerThurston.com. TOGETHER, HEATHER & CHERYL have published and produced a full length musical (Hair From the Head of a Prince) as well as a CD of original songs (Polka Therapy.) Their song, "No Child Left Behind Blues," was featured in the New York and LA Times. They've also co-authored an original songbook (Singuini.) Heather Stenner & Cheryl Miller Thurston can be reached at EnthusicMusic@gmail.com
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