The last ten years have been in the Chicago Public Schools. When I began at my current school ten years ago, I had no resources. I have written many grants to help my students gain the experience and knowledge they need to succeed. I also have a degree in Computer-Aided Mechanical Design and love creating SMARTboard resources that are visually engaging for the students.
I work to provide active and engaging activities for my students, using Orff, Dalcroze, Kodaly, Education Through Music. I also am a Little Kids Rock teacher. The SMARTboard has transformed how I teach my students. It helps them use their visual, kinesthetic and aural skills. I use World Percussion with my students.
Have received grants from the Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teachers Incentive Grants, This year I was honored to receive one of forty awards from all past winners over forty years. Donors Choose and Chicago Foundation for Education. My students have been fortunate to perform at the House of Blues the past eight years.
Graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Music Ed. Also have a degree in Computer-Aided Mechanical Design. Have earned all three levels of Orff Certification from Vandercook College of Music with Jean Hersey, Chris Judah-Lauder and Cynthia Seputis. Also have training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (with David Frego) and Education Through Music. This summer I began my Kodaly Certification at Texas State with Drs. Houlahan and Tacka.
I love kids, Legos, Comic Books, SMARTboard, Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Education Through Music and technology.