For a magical decade, I served as ringleader to a crew of Santa Barbara songbirds known as "Lessia's Crew." While serving as counselor as well as teacher, I soon realized I could empower my sweet flock greatly by penning deep insights into songs that were addictively fun to sing. As our giant choir evolved into a "SB Phenom!" (Montecito Journal,) my kids began professionally recording my wisdom-packed songs. We've moved up to Sonoma now, where I'm happy to report that offering useful insights and take-no-prisoners common sense still gets me giant hugs. I often hear, "Your song just saved my life!" I love my work :-)
I've learnged that arming kids with “spot on” understanding greatly improves their chances of becoming happy and productive classroom citizens. Powerful lyrics linger on and become new thinking. I'm in love with words and share this fun addiction with my students. Every BP lyric line serves as a writing prompt. Melodies are designed to help students sing more fluidly. Although I'm a highly trained songwriter and producer, my main focus is on critical thinking, ELA, and helping kids find their voices in all ways.
We once received a fan letter from Susan Sarandon. She said she loved our music, then offered up her youngest son to be our bass player. How cute is that? We get the most extraordinary mail! A Sonoma student chose my songs as the "Hero" for a classroom project. She explained that BP lyrics changed her view of life-- and what she wanted to do with hers. I was humbled. I was honored to have Dru Frick, a lovely Santa Barbara teacher, offer to write simple lesson plans for my songs when I first joined TpT. Now I'm excited to be working with Retta from Rainbow City Learning. Retta left me so much enthusiastic feedback, I finally asked if she'd like to co-create. We're hard at work created ELA units these days as "Bullyproof Rainbow." Also, please check our our new little art store called Awesome Sauce :-)
Lessia: USC's program for gifted students, San Francisco Conservatory, Music Academy of the West, Curtis Institute of Music, Dick Grove (contemp music) Dru: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and experienced in inquiry based learning, International Baccalaureate trained. For my BR co-hort Retta, please see RCL.
Fun trivia: The voices on our studio recordings include Jessie Bridges- daughter of actor, Jeff, Viva - daughter of Martin of the band "Depeche Mode," and Rachel Sand, an actor who shares a manager with Hilary Duff. I'm proud mom of two wonderful sons. My better half is a speaker engineer/designer named Teddy. He's Canadian. ON PHOTOS: We make a lot of social lesson videos with kids. All our photos feature student songbirds and kids from our BP and BR clubs. They are used WITH PERMISSION.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Drama, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Winter, Spring, For All Subjects, Early Intervention