This is my fifteenth year teaching music at Achieve Language Academy, and my seventeenth year in the profession. I also direct the 5-8 grade choir and the concert band and am studying choral conducting and taking classes to become a more expressive conductor.
I teach using the philosophy of Orff-Schulwerk, a music teaching system developed in the 1930s in Austria by Carl Orff and Gunhild Keetman, which emphasizes singing, speaking, movement, and playing instruments, with the children creating their own music. I am also studying choral conducting, and am taking classes to become a more expressive conductor.
In my non-teaching time, I am a licensed cosmetologist – for over 27 years – with a legal licensed salon in my home. I enjoy cutting and coloring hair.
I also play flute in the Lex-Ham Community Band, sing with the House of Hope Motet Choir, and am a member of Taikollaborative, a community based taiko (Japanese drumming) group. In the summers I work at Mori no Ike, the Concordia Language Villages Japanese Village, teaching taiko and studying Japanese language and culture.
I have been a member of Midway Green Spirit Garden for the past six years, growing vegetables in my community garden plot. I am married, have two adult children, and a dog. I enjoy long distance biking, and often ride to work (about ten miles).