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Professional summary

Over thirteen years of progressive musical education and academic leadership experience; developing and implementing curriculum; monitoring and evaluating curriculum effectiveness; and creating an excellent classroom culture through nurturing individuals through love, mutual respect and cooperative music-making.

areas of Expertise

  • Developmentally Appropriate & Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Musicianship Skills
  • Technology Integration
  • Large Scale Music Performance/Special Event Coordination
  • Inquiry-Based Learning 
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Curriculum Development
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Work experience

Elementary Music specialist & choir director

Homer CCSD 33C - Luther j. Schilling School
2018present
  • Leading over 600 students in grades K-4th grade in general music instruction, 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.
  • Organized the first Veteran's Day concert led by 3rd graders, student choice concert for 4th grade, All School Winter Singalong,  Multicultural concert for 2nd grade, Special Person's Day concert for 1st grade, and an End of the Year Talent Show.
  • Founder of first elementary school choir at Schilling School - The Schilling Singers - who have perform at school and tour within the community (winter community events, retirement homes, shopping malls, etc). 
  • Founder for the first community based music program through the school district - First Steps in Music for Infants/Toddlers 
  • Founder of first elementary instrumental ensemble - Schilling Orffestra
  • Citizenship Team member & Communication chair for the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program
  • After school ELA & Math intervention teacher for 3rd & 4th grades

Part time elementary music specialist, choir director, & fine arts coordinator

lagrange school district 105 - Seventh avenue school
20162018
  • Fine Arts Coordinator: Coordinated the curriculum mapping and writing standard based assessments General Music, Orchestra, Band, and Art. Sending weekly district music newsletters to schools and families.
  • Designed PERA pre & post assessments for Grades K-6th.
  • Instructed of K-6th 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
  • Designed creative units of study in Music Technology, Song Writing, Podcasting and Music Genre History
  • Organized & directed the following music programs: Winter Program (K-2 & 3-6), Spring Sing (K-2 & 3-6), Talent Show, Spring Fling Dance, District Choral concerts (Winter, Mid year, and Spring), District Musical Co-Director (Into the Woods Jr.) and Stage Manager (Shrek Jr.)
  • Founded, organized, auditioned, and toured with school choir at Seventh Avenue - "Seventh Harmony" (Grades 1-4)
  • Building Leadership Team member & District Leadership Team member
  • Coordinated fundraiser for families who lost their homes in a house fire.

elementary music specialist & Choir director

South Holland School District 151
Aug 2014june 2016
  • 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
  • Designed 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

k-8 music specialist & Musical Director

Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District
Aug 2012Jun 2014
  • Instructed 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
  • Led 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
  • Utilized 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)

k-8 Music specialist

Laraway Consolidated Community School District 70C
Aug 2010Jun 2012
  • Instructed 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 
  • Led 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
  • Collaborated with classroom teachers and other special area teachers to align curricula to Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Grade Level Curriculum Maps
  • Utilized inquiry-based learning, backward design, differentiation, and formative assessment in my classroom
  • Chairperson of the Assembly Committee
  • Directed & produced six musical productions/assemblies 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), and Interview committees

K-8 music specialist

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 Trans-disciplinary Units
  • Instructed 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.
  • Led 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
  • Founder/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

Orff Schulwerk

DePaul University
2017Present

Orff Schulwerk Level 1 & Level 2

Orff-Schulwerk Curriculum 

MECA Program

Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, IL
2013Present
  • First Steps in Music Certification, 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
20092011

Certifications:

  • State of Illinois Type 75 Certificate # 2480451

Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance & Music Education

Trinity Christian College, Palos, IL
20022005

Certifications:

  • State of Illinois Standard Type 10 (K-12 Music) Certificate # 2450974

Professional Development

  • Feierabend Association of Music Education (FAME) Member
  • First Steps in Music & Conversational Solfege (Level 1 & 2) Certified
  • International Baccalaureate PYP & MYP Music Certified Teacher
  • Responsive Classroom Elementary Certified 
  • Responsive Classroom Certified Special Area Teacher
  • Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 & 2 Certified
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Member
  • Greater Chicago Chapter AOSA Assistant Program Chair
  • World Music Drumming Level 1 & 2 Certified
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Engaging ELL Families & Engaging Boys of Color Integration
  • Midnight Music Community Member
  • 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
  • Data Driven Decision Making; Data Walls
  • Balanced Literacy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Understanding By Design
  • Differentiated Instruction

Portfolio

Professional organizations

American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Greater Chicago American Orff-Schulwerk Association (Assistant Program Chair)

National Association for Music Education

Illinois Association for Music Education