I have been teaching since 2002. I spent my first year at an Intermediate school (6-8,) then I moved into elementary (pre-k to 5th.)
I think on my feet. I write lesson plans because it's required by my district, but if a student asks a question and takes the discussion in another direction, then I go with it.
Received the Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music in 1999 when I graduated from Marywood University.
Received BM & MA in Music Education from Marywood Member of TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) Certified TI:ME Instructor
I am a Scranton native and have been an elementary music teacher in the Scranton School District since 2002. While I currently teach music to students from Pre-K to 5th grade, I have also directed and created programming material for the TV studio at George Bancroft and produced the first and only podcasts in the district for Bancroft Elementary School and John Adams Elementary School, which you can find on iTunes. I have published articles about my work in the Scranton School District newsletter, which is distributed by the Scranton Times quarterly. I started at St. Catherine of Siena as an organist for the weekend masses in 1991. Since that time, I became the accompanist for the Youth Choir, the Adult Choir, choir director, and as of July 2009, director of music. I have debuted many original musical works at my church, including settings for "Ave Maria," "Immaculate Mary," and "For the Beauty of the Earth," several instrumental pieces performed during the Christmas and Easter seasons, and my mass setting, "Missa Benedicta," named in memory of Sr. Benedicta Berendes IHM, my music history teacher and undergrad advisor at Marywood. I graduated from Marywood University in 1999 with a BM in Music Education and was awarded The Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music. In 2007, I received my MA, also in Music Education from Marywood. In addition, I have studied music technology during summer classes at Villanova University and online through the University of Colorado and have completed my TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) certification. My TI:ME instructors have included Dr. Tom Rudolph, Dr. Floyd Richmond, Dr. John Kuzmich, Ken Peters, and Mike Fein. I have taught various music and technology classes at Marywood University's Vivace Music Institute (formerly known as the Summer Music Camp) since 1995 and I have been teaching online music technology classes for music educators since the summer of 2010. I have performed in the pit orchestra of Marywood's major theatre productions: "Pippin," "A Chorus Line," "Guys & Dolls," and "The Will Rogers Follies;" and in the senior workshop production of "The Fantastics." I have also worked "behind the scenes," assisting with props, lighting, and sound, for several music department productions. Many of my original pieces have been performed by the Marywood Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and at the Vivace Music Institute. I have also performed in several musicals and cabarets with the former "Diva Theater" and continue to work as an independent musician for weddings, receptions, and funerals. I have been teaching private music lessons since 1997. I play the piano, organ, violin, and percussion, and have studied privately with Bob Manento, Sr. Immaculate Severino IHM, Steve Mathiesen, Mark Laubach, Sophie Till, and Patrick J. Marcinko Ⅲ.