University of South Florida
BA Music Education
MA Music Education
Tell us about your family.
I was one of 6 children. My parents were both musicians and growing up, there was always music in our house. My mother was a high school choral director, and my father was a professional saxophone player. Interestingly enough, I was the only one of the 6 kids who went into music as a vocation. One of my sisters works in IT but sings and plays classical guitar regularly.
Why did you become a teacher?
When I went to college I majored in music because the only two things I was interested in were music and history, but they wanted me to declare a major so I chose music thinking I could always change later. The summer after my sophomore year, I was part of a team of college students who taught at a band camp of a local high school band and that "hooked" me. Rehearsing, hearing improvement from what I was telling them, and watching kids succeed was a great motivator to want to continue to do it.
Who was an influential teacher for you, and why?
My mother will always be the most influential teacher/person in my life. She's a much better musician than me, and it is through her that I have the love of music that I do.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love biking, gardening, reading, walking, yoga, and playing with the dog, in no particular order!
What is your favorite course to teach, and why?
This one is easy! I am a band geek, completely and unabashedly!! I love the sound of the band and the daily challenge to help students achieve at their highest level!
What makes a great teacher?
The one characteristic of all great teachers is passion. Everything else can be learned and great teachers all have different ways of getting there, but a great teacher must love WHAT they teach and WHO they teach.
What do you love about SRCS?
I love that it is a nurturing environment not only for students but for teachers as well. I love that our administration understands that what goes on in the classroom between teacher and students is still the most important component of every student's education.