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I am General/Vocal Music teacher who is passionate about making music fun, accessible, and meaningful in my students' lives.   I set high expectations of my students by leading and engaging them through a strong knowledge of Orff-Schulwerk music pedagogy, music technology, World Music Drumming, Understanding by Design, and flipped classrooms.  

qualifications

  • Sound understanding of Kodaly, Orff, and Delacroze music pedagogies
  • Adept in integrating 21st century technologies into instruction 
  • Successful coordination and execution of large scale school and district fine art events
  • Extensive practice in creating inquiry-based, student-centered lessons through the Understanding by Design methodology
  • Experience with engaging all stakeholders, including families and community members, in supporting the overall culture of a school
  • Keen ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, students and parents
  • Experience with the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching

Work History

General/Vocal/World Music Teacher PreK-3rd Grade

South Holland School District 151
Aug 2014Present
  • Crafted a Music Curriculum for PreK-3rd Grade
  • Designed two PERA assessments for Kindergarten and 3rd Grade
  • Instructing PreK-3rd graders in the basics of musical knowledge: Singing, listening, composing, evaluating, reading and notating music, improvisation, playing instruments, making connections with other arts and subjects, and understanding music in regards to history
  • Creative units of study in Music Technology, Evolution of Blues and Country Music, World Music Drumming, Song Writing, and Music Genre History
  • Organized/directed the following shows/assemblies: Grandparents Day, Hispanic Heritage (2, 1 at each school), Christmas/Winter Holiday (2 - 1 at each school), Black History Month (2 - 1 at each school), 1st Grade Spring Musical, Fine Arts Night (2nd & 3rd grade), Talent Shows (2 - 1 at each school)
  • Coordinated, auditioned, and toured with MOTIF (2nd & 3rd grade) Choir
  • Teacher aide for Intercession School

General/Vocal Music Teacher & Musical Director

Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District
Aug 2012Jun 2014
  • Instructing K-4th graders in the basics of musical knowledge: Singing, listening, composing, evaluating, reading and notating music, improvisation, playing instruments, making connections with other arts and subjects, and understanding music in regards to history
  • Leading 7th & 8th Grade students in creative units of study in Music Technology, Evolution of African-American Music, Pop Music, Classical Composers, World Music Drumming, Song Writing, Dance/Creative Movement, Basic Piano Skills, and Music History
  • Utilize inquiry-based learning, backward design, differentiation, and formative assessment in my classroom
  • Organized/directed 2 Winter Holiday Concerts (K-2), 1 Black History Month Concert (3-4), and 1 Music In Our Schools Month Concert (3-4)
  • Directed & produced the Spring Musical – “Fame Jr.” (5th – 8th grade musical)

General/Vocal/World Music Teacher K-8

Laraway Consolidated Community School District 70C
Aug 2010Jun 2012
  • Instructing K-5th graders in the basics of musical knowledge: Singing, listening, composing, evaluating, reading and notating music, improvisation, playing instruments, making connections with other arts and subjects, and understanding music in regards to history 
  • Leading 6th - 8th Grade students in creative units of study in Music Technology, Evolution of African-American Music, Pop Music, Classical Composers, Creative Movement, Basic Piano Skills, World Music Drumming, Song Writing, and Music History
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers and other special area teachers to align curricula to Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Grade Level Curriculum Maps
  • Utilize inquiry-based learning, backward design, differentiation, and formative assessment in my classroom
  • Directed & produced six musical productions and assemblies (Chairperson of Assembly committee) each year
  • Organized and executed the Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser which raised over $1,500
  • 21st Century Grant After School Music Teacher/Tutor
  • Member of: School Improvement Team, Technology, Family Engagement, PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports), Interview & Assembly committees

General/Vocal/World Music Teacher K-8

Crete-Monee School District 201-U
Aug 2007Jun 2010
  • Established a music curriculum that fused the IB Music Scope and Sequence with Illinois State Music Standards and National Music Standards.
  • Collaborated with IB coordinators, reading specialists, PYP teachers, and fellow MYP teachers to align my curriculum with Units of Inquiry and Transdisciplinary Units
  • Instructing K-5th graders in the basics of musical knowledge: Singing, listening, composing, evaluating, reading and notating music, improvisation, playing instruments, making connections with other arts and subjects, and understanding music in regards to history.
  • Leading 6th - 8th Grade students in creative units of study in Music Technology, Evolution of African-American Music, Pop Music, Classical Composers, Creative Movement, Basic Piano Skills, World Music Drumming, Song Writing, and Music History
  • Utilized inquiry-based learning, backward design, differentiation, and formative assessment in my classroom
  • Creator/Director of The Coretta Scott King Messengers (Choir) and the Global Beatz Drum Ensemble
  • School Webmaster
  • Organizing Coordinator/director of K – 8 Winter Pageant, Pre-K/K Winter Sing-A- Long, and the Black History Month Exhibition
  • Member of: Be Safe Team, Green Team, ISAT Planning Team, IB Task Force, School Theme Team, and Inquiry Center Team

Education

MECA Program

Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, IL
2013Present
  • Continuing Education - Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 Training, World Music Drumming, Tech Tools for the Music Educator, SMARTboard & iPads in the Music Classroom, etc.

Masters of Education, Educational Administration

Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
2009

Certifications:

  • State of Illinois Type 75 Certificate # 2480451

Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance & Music Education

Trinity Christian College, Palos, IL
2005

Certifications:

  • State of Illinois Standard Type 10 (K-12 Music) Certificate # 2450974
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Educator – Level 1 - Austin, TX – Summer 2007
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Educator – Music Level 1 - Austin, TX – Summer 2008

Professional Development

  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Technology Integration
  • Understanding By Design
  • Balanced Literacy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Data Driven Decision Making; Data Walls
  • Engaging ELL Families & Engaging Boys of Color

  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Formative Assessment Strategies
  • Team Building
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Supports
  • Harnessing the Power of Intrinsic Motivation in Students
  • Multiculturalism in the Classroom
  • Accelerated Spanish Review – Rosetta Stone

Skills

technology

Website design, SMARTboard certified, IWB, iPad, Chrombooks, Google Apps for Education, Aurelia, Schoology, Flipped Classroom  using - Showbie, Edmodo, Remind, Homeroom, Kahoot!, Nearpod, iMovie, Garageband, Moviemaker, Prezi, Buncee, Versal, Storyboard That, Art to Remember, Creattubles, Powtoon

Portfolio

Here are some videos and pictures of my students in class and on stage!