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I started playing the violin as a 4th grade student on a whim, not ever knowing that I would fall in love with music enough for it to become my career. I entered Tucson's youth orchestra scene at a young age, stayed actively involved with my school and youth orchestras, and switched from violin to viola a few years before starting college. I earned my bachelor's degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and my master's degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Throughout my time at ASU I studied viola with Nancy Buck, taught with the ASU String Project, and performed with the ASU Symphony. After my graduation in 2008, I joined Gilbert Public Schools and taught elementary strings for four years. I joined the Stapley staff in 2012 and have enjoyed every moment. Junior high (especially Stapley Junior High) is such a blast!
My passion for music and education extends far beyond my workday. I had the privilege of working with the East Valley Youth Symphony (EVYS) as their Chamber Ensemble Strings Specialist from 2011-2014 and am now the Division IV Conductor for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS). I served the Arizona Music Educators Association as their secretary for the 2013-2015 term and will serve again in the future. Music is an incredibly important part of my life; I hope to pass this on to all of my students.
In addition to playing the viola and advocating for music, I love reading, swimming, walking my dogs, practicing yoga, cycling at the gym, and spending time outside when the weather isn't too warm.
I look forward to a wonderful year with all of you!