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I'm so excited to be teaching orchestra here at Stapley Junior High as I begin my 9th year of teaching!
I am originally from Tucson and for as long as I can remember, music has been part of my life. From listening to music in the car or at home with my mom, to singing on my own or with my friends, I always felt drawn to music. When I found out in 4th grade we were able to play an instrument, I immediately gravitated toward the viola and loved it! My experiences in middle school and high school led me to decide to pursue music as a career.
I attended the University of Arizona and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Minor in Psychology. I graduated in 2011.
I started my career as an orchestra teacher in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson. During my time in that district, I successfully grew the orchestra program at Apollo Middle School and feeder elementary schools, focusing on recruitment and retention, as well as increasing the resources available to my students, through various grants. The Apollo Chamber Orchestra earned a Superior Rating at the 2017 and 2018 Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association Middle School Festival. In February 2018, I had the privilege to conduct the 6th Grade Honor Orchestra as part of the Southern AZ Elementary/Junior High School Honor Orchestra Festival.
In 2018, I moved to Tempe and started a new job, incorporating orchestra into the school day in the Higley Unified School District for 5th and 6th grade.
Being back at a junior high this year is so awesome!
As a proponent of collaborative efforts, I previously served in leadership roles for the Sunnyside district string department, as the chairperson for the Southern AZ Elementary/Junior High School Honor Orchestra, and as a board member for Tucson Junior Strings. As a performer, I enjoy playing in various small group endeavors on viola and violin. I am a strong advocate for my students, believing that everyone can make music, no matter what life has given to them.
When I am not at work or making music, I enjoy hiking, traveling, going to concerts, and eating delicious food.