Music Nurtures Hearts and Minds
One Note at a Time
I received a B.S. in child development with a minor in music education from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1977 and my M.Ed. in elementary education from Mississippi State University in 1979. I attended Texas Tech University, Georgia Sate University, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Kennesaw State University for post graduate studies. My professional career spans thirty four years of diverse experiences: laboratory school lead teacher, Kindergarten, second and fifth grade teacher, gifted education, marine education specialist, education coordinator, and music teacher. This is my fifteenth year teaching in St. Tammany Parish.
Elementary music students possess varied learning styles, experiences, and talents. I encourage my students to build upon their past, but I challenge them to acquire more artistic expression by nurturing five timeless educational principles: high expectations, reasoning, community, individuality, and diversity. My mission is to cultivate a curiosity for learning that will promote student achievement across the curriculum and for my students to discover a connection between music, math, science, and social studies. I achieve this through a multidisciplinary, interactive approach that includes community drum circles, original compositions, small group learning stations, vocal training, interpretive performance, and rhythm instruments.
Teaching music is a joy and privilege. I am very proud to serve the Madisonville Elementary community!