1982-1988- First Grade Teacher 1988-1998- Children's Drama Teacher at local theater 1993- 2014- Elementary Drama Teacher at private school, commissioned playwright, published composer, artist-in-the-schools. 2014- Freelance Teaching Artist, Composer, Creative Educational Consultant, and Community Arts Collaboration Builder 2014 to present- Member of American Composers Forum 2014 to present- Member of the Rockford Area Arts Council 2014 to 2016- Served on Grant Review Panel for Rockford Area Arts Council 2015- 2017 Member of MTNA(Music Teachers National Association) 2015- 2017Member of ISMTA(Illinois State Music Teachers Association) 2015- 2017 Member of GRMTA(Greater Rockford Music Teachers Association) 2016- Songs Posted at Sheet Music Plus 2016 to present- Piano Teacher 2017 to present- Title 1 Tutor
Over the past 30 years, I have been committed to reaching the hearts of the diverse students I teach by writing curricula immersed in original song, drama, poetry, and creative movement to bring subject material to life, to kindle imaginations, and to instill a love for learning. I have met with my Pre-K through fifth grade students in a carpeted gym where there has always been lots of room for big moving and big imagining. It's lovely to enjoy a good amount of room in an ordinary classroom for some extraordinary, imaginative, and creative playing, for play is the root of creativity and creativity the root of innovation. But if classroom play space is limited, remember that the play space of the imagination is absolutely boundless and can thrive and shine in the tiniest corner available.
Mayor's Arts Award "Star Teacher" 2007 Mayor's Arts Award "Cultural Collaborative Event of the Year" 2012 WZOK Radio Station Teacher of the Week 2014 Golden Apple Award Finalist 2014
1981- BS in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin Madison 2013- MEd in Curriculum and Instruction- Teacher Leadership from Concordia University Portland
Huge advocate for utilizing the arts to serve, care for, and collaborate with our neighbors in the community. I write music and poetry to support and enhance student understanding of content and engagement in the learning process. Often, classroom teachers will commission me to write music for the original lyrics generated by their students on all sorts of curricular content. The students are thrilled to be co-composers of songs written for their class. I am a huge advocate of creative play and arts infused curriculum. We will often create sets and scenes and context by using duct tape, tinfoil, fleece, and the vivid imagination each student has.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Drama, Education, Medicine, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Religion, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Psychology, Character Education, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Oral Communication, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Classroom Community