- What brought you to SLCC?
I heard about SLCC through a friend who came to the Music Teacher Workshop. When I moved to St. Louis for my husband to start seminary, I was excited to see openings for ensemble assistants. My undergraduate degree is in music education, and I used to be an elementary music teacher. I love having a way to keep music a part of my life!
- What is your earliest musical memory OR How was music a part of your childhood?
I remember learning a lot of concepts through song! My mom taught me to sing my phone number and address in case I got lost and needed help, and I continued to memorize facts through melodies even through college! I also loved playing rhythms around the house. I would turn anything I could into a drum. I turned out to be a vocalist and percussionist myself!
- Is there a book or story that influenced your life or is your favorite?
One of my favorite picture books to share with
kids is Jazz on a Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon. It brings jazz music to life through the vibrant pictures and roles of famous musicians all coming together to put on a concert in the story.
- Which animated/Disney movie can you watch over and over again?
I love Toy Story!
- Tell us about one of your hobbies outside of music.
I love running and also writing.
- It’s time for breakfast… what is on your plate?
I love eating cereal at any time of day!! If it is actually breakfast time, though…my favorite is an omelet and chocolate milk or coffee to drink.
- Where have you traveled? Was it with a choir or band tour?
I’ve been to Senegal West Africa, Brazil, Okinawa Japan, Austria, Italy, France, and Mexico. Most were for mission trips, but my European tour was special to me because I won it through a writing contest! I entered my senior year of college when an education organization I was a member of partnered with EF Tours to fund a trip anywhere in the world. Future teachers were asked to write about where in the world they would travel and how they would use the experience to impact future students. I talked about the rich music history of Europe and being able to bring that to life for my students through experience. I couldn’t believe it when I was told I was one of twenty college students in the nation selected for a trip! They created an itinerary specifically based on music history and the places I wrote about. I enjoyed SO much, visiting many places, but especially Vienna and Salzburg, where I saw pieces of Mozart’s life, firsthand! I would love to go back one day and see even more!
- What is your current occupation outside of the Choirs?
I am currently a teacher at Lincoln Elementary in the City of St. Charles School District. I teach K-4 English as a Second Language, working with students who speak or have another language spoken in their home. This is my ninth year of teaching, and I taught elementary music my first five years before switching to ESL.