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Objective

To provide creative, challenging, and sound musical experiences for students at all levels of learning.

Summary

An experienced and dedicated music educator who encourages students at all ages and levels of learning to achieve at their highest potential. Expertise includes working with multiple age levels, teaching various musical instruments and leading and mentoring other music teachers. Proficient on the trumpet, violin, teaching music theory, history, composing and arranging music.

Education

Jan 2008May 2016

Doctorate of Musical Arts, Music Education

Boston University

Dissertation: Lived Experiences of Secondary Instrumental Music Teachers who Teach Students with Learning Disabilities.

Jun 1997Aug 1999

Masters of Arts, Music Education

Valdosta State University
Jun 1993Apr 1997

Bachelors of Science, Music Education

Troy State University

Certifications

Jul 2015Jun 2020

Professional Teaching Certificate

State of Florida
Music (Grades K-12)

Work History

Aug 2011Present

Music Director

Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores

Doctors Charter School is a college preparatory school that serves students grades 6-12.

Band, Chorus and Orchestra Director

Currently teaches, band, orchestra, and chorus classes.

  • Student participation in the 2016 Florida All-State Honor Band
  • Chorus students participated in the 2015 Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional in Orlando, FL.
  • Music Ensembles were featured at the 2014 Florida Charter School Convention in Orlando, FL.
  • Semi-Finalist for the 2012 Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award.
  • Fund-raised and acquired significant donations to help purchase instruments, equipment and music.
  • Recreated the orchestra program
Aug 2007Jun 2009

Band and Orchestra Director

Miami Country Day School

Miami Country Day School is a K-12 college preparatory school that provides a comprehensive education that focuses on teaching the whole child, using technology, integrated and student centered learning processes.

Band and Orchestra Director

Middle School band and orchestra director, 5th grade general music teacher, 7 & 8-grade student academic advisor.

  • Band and orchestra students scored superior and excellent ratings at solos and ensemble festivals.
  • The middle school orchestra was the first to attend the Florida Orchestra Association Music Performance Assessment in the school's history.
Aug 2006Jun 2007

Music Director

Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores

Taught band, orchestra, chorus and general music. Responsible for the guitar club, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Chamber Orchestra.

  • Fund raised and acquired significant donations to buy the majority of the school instruments that the school owns.
  • Created the schools orchestra, band, chorus guitar, club, Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter, and chamber orchestra.
  • Had students fund raise money to participate in a Disney Workshop in Orlando, Florida.
Aug 2004Jun 2006

Band, Orchestra Director, Music Department Chair

Manatee School for the Arts

School for the Performing Arts Grades 6-12.

Band and Orchestra Director and Music Department Chair

Fund raised and wrote several grants to purchase music and buy musical instruments. Orchestra students were taken on field trips to visit New Orleans, Louisiana, and Atlanta, Georgia. At an orchestra competition in Atlanta they received second place in their division.

Aug 2000Aug 2004

String Orchestra Specialist

Hillsborough County Public Schools

K-12 public school system

Taught orchestra at six different elementary, middle and high schools in the Tampa bay area as a traveling teacher. Fund raised and received several grants to purchase music and musical instruments. The Wharton High School Orchestra visited Atlanta, Georgia and performed at an orchestra competition. Students were involved in the Florida Orchestra Association Solos and Ensemble Festival as well as Music Performance Assessment.

Aug 1999Jun 2000

String Orchestra Specialist

Alabama School for the Arts

Performing Arts School, Community Outreach and Boarding School for Grades 6-12.

String Orchestra Specialist

Taught at sixteen different elementary and middle schools in the Birmingham metropolitan area. Served as a private and group teacher with classes taught in cello, viola, violin, trumpet and trombone. Students performed in several school and regional music events.

Aug 1998Jun 1999

Orchestra Director

Pointe South Middle School

Middle School, Grades 6-12

Orchestra Director

Students performed at many local and regional orchestra events. Students were invited to perform at the Georgia State University Invitational Orchestra Festival and performed at an orchestra festival in Panama City, Florida.

Jun 1997Aug 1998

Graduate Assistant

Valdosta State University

Graduate Assistant

Graduate Assistant to the Orchestra Director. Served as the Assistant Director of the South Georgia String Project's elementary and middle and high school orchestras. Taught at two different elementary and middle schools in the Valdosta metropolitan area. Students participated in many local and regional events.

Awards & Honors

AWARDS & HONORS  *    

  •  Miami Shores Village 

            Certificate of Achievement for having the Doctors Charter School Music    

            Program featured at the Florida Charter School Conference, 2014.

  • Florida Department of Education Office of K12 School Choice

           Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support of

           The 2014 Florida Charter School Conference.

  • Marquis Who's Who In America, 57th Ed. 2003

Professional Activities

Curriculum Writing  

Hillsborough County Public Schools Elementary School Orchestra Curriculum (2003)

Clayton County Public Schools Middle School Orchestra Curriculum (1998-1999)

Grant Writing   

Community Foundation of Sarasota, Leslie & Margaret Weller Foundation Category 1 & 2 Grants (2004, 2005)   

Arts Council of Manatee County Music Grant (2004)   

Arts Council of Hillsborough County Music Grant (2002)   

Wharton High School P.T.A. Music Grant (2002, 2003)

Doctors Charter School P.T.A. Music Grant (2006, 2012, 2014, 2015)

Adjudicator  

Florida Orchestra Association District VII Solos and Ensemble Festival (2004)

Florida Orchestra Association District XVI Solos and Ensemble Festival (2009)

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association; American String Teachers Association; Conductors Guild; The College Music Society; League of American Orchestras; College Band Directors National Association; Florida American String Teachers Association; Florida Bandmasters Association; Florida Choral Association; Florida Music Educators Association; Florida Orchestra Association; The National Association for Music Education; National Band Association; The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.