I am extremely excited to become a part of the Cougar Community as the Whole Child Lead! This position first will have me teaching Music and Culture in the Dialogue District. This room is an excellent space to encourage student curiosity, exploration, and of course: student-driven dialogue!
My educational journey extends throughout our country, beginning with my grade schooling in a suburb of San Francisco, California. For junior and high school, I lived in the Washington, D.C. area. I chose to attend Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, where I received a B.S. in Instrumental Music Education. I taught at a Behavioral Health Hospital in MO for one year, and then moved to Texas. In TX, I received my M.S. in Educational Administration and studied Counseling Psychology as I worked with college students in that capacity.
I also taught in Austin for 2 years, and Bryan/College Station, TX for 3 years before I moved to Denver in 2008. Since 2008, I have been in DPS except for last year, where I received the opportunity to teach in a school that uses an inquiry approach to learning alongside the content standards. In music, I will be using that inquiry lens with students, encouraging their curiosity and exploration into how music and dance are used in various cultures throughout the world.
My philosophy is to work with student strengths and curiosity to guide their learning. I consider it an honor to walk alongside students in their educational journey. I was fortunate to have teachers who guided me into music, which became a language for me when I could not use words. I also believe my job to help students learn how to access music as a tool to use in their communication to navigate life’s challenges and joys when words fail them.
My free time has me running around with my wife and three (3!) teenagers and their three (3!) miniature schnauzers. We enjoy anything outdoors in the sunshine when possible, and coloring during movies if the weather is cold. I also enjoy playing various instruments and composition whenever the mood strikes me.