I have taught music since 1979 and am currently the Music Specialist at Brantner Elementary. I have been with the Brighton Schools since 2005. Prior years included elementary, middle and high school teaching experience in Kansas, Colorado, Kentucky and Georgia. I have also taught string methods at Adams State University.
I hold a Bachelor of Music Educations degree from Wichita State University and a Master of Arts from Adams State University. My additional training includes Levels I, II, and III of national Orff Schulwerk Certification. I enjoy attending music workshops to strengthen my skills and working with college music majors in their field experience as well as student teachers.
I have served on the Colorado Music Educator Association board of directors as District Representative for general music, General Music Council Chair and Society of General Music Chair. I recently completed six years of leadership for CMEA as President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the statewide organization of Colorado music educators. During my tenure as President, I organized and led a team of elementary music educators in the creation of the Colorado Elementary All-State Choir. This 300-voice select choir includes students from around the state of Colorado and performs in Colorado Springs at the CMEA Clinic/Conference in late January of each year (Brantner Elementary has had students perform in this fine group every year since it opened). Additionally, I am currently the President of the Southwestern Division of the National Association for Music Education and serves on its National Executive Board.
Outside of school I enjoy traveling with my husband, reading and hiking with my dog, Bella. My teams are the Rockies and the Broncos! I also enjoy teaching private violin and piano lessons.
I'm excited to be at Brantner and working with our fine students. I plan a variety of performances for each grade level each year and I hope you can join us for these wonderful concerts!