I have been teaching for 38 years and have just retired! I loved every year in the best profession ever and wanted to share my concerts. Every year I created a new concert for my classroom and loved working with kids. I have taught grades 2 and 5 full time and music every year to most of the school. I have had many choirs and drama groups and have loved working with kids in these areas. Our concerts were always a variety show with each classroom contributing to a generic theme. (Winter Fun, Christmas Collage, Our Gifts to You etc.)
I want kids to buy into everything that they do! Fun and passion are the most important things for me. I want kids to love getting ready for the performance and have fun performing. Each student must be an equal partner in all my plays because I don't believe children can learn to perform if they don't get the chance. Every year I have watched that student that was so shy at first become a star with encouragement and the change in being an equal part of the cooperative creative process! Let kids rewrite parts if they can. Let them create their costume. Let them be a part of the concert creation as well as the production!
I have won Kiwanis Festival choral speaking awards and many awards for my choirs. My choirs have sung at the Oil King hockey games. We even opened the playoffs in 2010! My Christmas plays have been well received and written up in many newspapers. We have had standing ovations at our division Arts Fest from students and parents. I have had so many cards and letters from students and parents thanking me for the fun their children had performing with me. The biggest awards have been the hugs from kids, the smiles on their faces and the laughs when rehearsing!
Elementary school K-8 Myrtle Street School St. Thomas ,Ontario High School 9-13 Central Elgin Collegiate St. Thomas, Ontario B.A. Western University London, Ontario B.ED. Western University London , Ontario Grade 8 Piano and Grade 2 theory Toronto and Western Conservatory Many choirs, musical comedy plays, and stand up comedy
I have been happily married to my best friend for 38 years! I had the best "job" in the world. I have one son who I adore! I love to laugh and I am passionate about ensuring that kids love school and have fun while they are learning. I considered my class my extended family and expected each student to create an atmosphere of appreciation and respect. I love down hill skiing, reading, music, theater, the symphony, dogs and travelling.