Mrs. Brown (Openshaw)
Stapley Choir Director, Video Journalism and CB02 Teacher
I am thrilled to be teaching at Stapley Jr High!
I am a native of Southern California where I grew up 10 minutes from Disneyland and miss going every week! I have always had a love of singing and in 8th grade my friends convinced me to join choir. I'm so happy I did! In high school I sang in the Vocal Jazz ensemble as well as the Concert Choir.
When looking for colleges I decided I wanted to still be involved in music and found Northern Arizona University. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet but after one semester of being a music major I knew I wanted to teach choir. When I was at NAU I sang in the Women's Chorale, Shrine of the Ages Choir, Chamber Singers, and High Altitude (Vocal Jazz Ensemble). I studied conducting with Dr. Edith Copley.
I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis.
This is my tenth year at Stapley and I love being a Sabercat!
In 2013, I was named the New Music Educator of the Year for the state of Arizona.
I am very active in my professional communities, attending conferences and conventions. Previously I have been a board member with the Arizona Choral Educators as the Arizona All-State Vocal Jazz Chair. I have also served on the AzACDA Board as the Jr High Repertoire and Resources Chair, running the state Jr High Choral Festival. Currently I serve on the AzACDA Board as the Cantaremos Honor Choir Chair and on the Western Region ACDA Board as the Jr High/Middle School Repertoire and Resources Chair for 5 states.
I am an active member of both ACDA and NAfME.
On a more personal note, I love cooking, baseball, the occasional Netflix binge, and have started learning to watercolor! I plan my summer visits to California based on when the Angels are in town. I have five nephews that are the cutest human beings on the planet (and that live too far away).
Join choir! You won't regret it!