Some people wait a lifetime to meet their favorite musicians. I teach mine!
About Mrs. Soper...
Like many of our students, I began band in the 5th grade where I learned to play the flute. Shortly before graduating from high school I decided to change my original career path from medicine to music education. I started my college career at Scottsdale Community College and then transferred to Arizona State University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007. I immediately began my career in Mesa Public Schools as the band and general music teacher at Longfellow Elementary from 2007-2009. In 2009 I came to teach at Hale & Stapley. I also served as the band director at Lehi Elementary School from 2011-2016.
One of my greatest passions is constantly refining my professional skill set as well as helping others refine theirs. I perform as the principal flautist for the Arizona Wind Symphony and also in the Desert Echoes Flute Project. I regularly attend professional development conferences such as AMEA, the Midwest Clinic, and various conducting symposiums. I was honored to have had the opportunity to present for the first time at AMEA in February 2016, sharing my thoughts on beginning band pedagogy. One of my most proud moments was when the Stapley JHS Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the AMEA conference in 2017. At the 2018 AMEA conference, I was awarded the O.M. Hartsell Award.
I enjoy serving my music community in various capacities. I am an active clinician and judge throughout the state of Arizona as well as being the AMEA 6th grade all state coordinator. Additionally, it has been my pleasure to host interns and student teachers from Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, Rio Salado Community College, Grand Canyon University, and Ottawa University.
I reside in Mesa with my husband, our dogs, and our daughters who also attend schools in district. In the rare few moments when I'm not doing something music related I am usually traveling, hiking, doing home renovations, or simply hanging out with friends & family.