Phone: 618-281-4993 (ext. 3004)
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music Education (BME) - University of Illinois (C-U), Middle School English Certification - SIUE, Currently Working On: Secondary English Certification - SIUE, and a Masters in Teaching of Writing - SIUE
I have been teaching Vocal Music at CUSD4 since the 2002-2003 school year. While I am primarily responsible for the Middle School choral program, I also assist the High School Choral Program with Sweetheart Cabaret in the Spring and act as the Musical Director for the Drama Department's Fall Musical. I also, from 2003-2012, coached the CHS Marching Eagles Color Guard.
I have been married to my wonderful husband Peter since July 2005 and we have two beautiful kiddos, Amalia, born in Aug 2008, and Nathaniel, born in Nov. 2011.
My goal has been, and will continue to be, to provide my students with a positive classroom environment where they feel they can learn and grow as musicians and as individuals, to help students work as a group to produce successful and entertaining performances, and to encourage individual students to participate in activities that will expand their musical and performance abilities. I want every student to have a knowledge of how music is created, from the theory behind composing to the emotional connection required to turn notes on a page into music. I am so proud of the choral program we have in Columbia and I am grateful for the support given to my students by the teachers, administrators, and the community.