I am a retired elementary music teacher with over 30 years of experience in public schools. I am currently working as an independent side-by-side coach for music teachers in the Nashville Public Schools district. I also worked as a curriculum writer and editor at Lifeway Christian Resources, a music typesetter/editor, and graphic artist. Side-by-Side Coach, Music Makes Us, 2015-present Adjunct faculty, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2012
As a music educator, my methodology included both large and small group activities, project-based learning as I became the facilitator of child-directed activities in an interdisciplinary and differentiated classroom. It was very important for every child who entered my room to feel safe and to enjoy learning in a non-threatening environment. I feel I was highly successful in creating that experience for my students.
Elementary Teacher of the Year, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, 2010-11 DAIS Award Nortel Institute Many grants Chair of Faculty Advisory Committee, Technology Committee Internal coach, Positive Behavior Support (SWPBIS)
Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Music, 1973 University of Tennessee, 1976, certification in music, K-12 Tennessee State University, 2010, Masters in Education, Technology
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended public schools there. I lived in Maryville, TN, for 3 years after I married. We returned to Nashville in 1976. I have been happily married to Don for 40 years. I have a daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren who now live in Nashville. I attend and have been active in the music ministry at First Baptist Church Nashville for over 30 years. I am thoroughly enjoying retirement and making available the many resources I created throughout the years in my classroom. I am also an independent side-by-side coach and have the privilege of helping other elementary music teachers. Follow my blog and Facebook pages: BLOG—Music Room Ramblings and Facebook Page Mrs. Aston's High Notes FaceBook page
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, World Language, Japanese, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Music Composition, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Physical Education, Drama, Other (Specialty), Education, Religion, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Character Education, Problem Solving, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Black History Month, For All Subjects, Summer, Close Reading, Classroom Community