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Teaching Music at Charleston Day for 26 Years
Music is all around us from the songs on the radio, to the rhythm of the rain, to the songs that radiate from our hearts.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I have been teaching for 26 years and each year is different and exciting as I see the creative energy and growth in our students. Working with nine levels of music and theater, I am able to see each child transform and blossom as they reach down and discover some of their many talents.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
At the start of each day, I take an early morning walk. During this time, I take a self-awareness snapshot to prepare myself for what lies ahead. After I read and do some writing, I power up my vocal cords for the day with a high energy smoothie.
What is your favorite type of music and why?
Music is all around us from the songs on the radio, to the rhythm of the rain, to the songs that radiate from our hearts. Music tells a story that can make us laugh, cry, or bring comfort to our soul. Music is everywhere, and I love it all.
What is Your favorite vacation spot?
I would definitely have to say Japan. I like the tradition and customs of the Japanese culture along with the beautiful landscape of the countryside. The Japanese families and neighborhoods are very close knit, and everyone celebrates special events together. I even met Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disney – what a “magical” country.
What is your favorite CDS tradition?
I have many favorites…my interest in other countries was inspired by “Around the World”. I really enjoy seeing all the families together at the Thanksgiving “Family Feast”. It is always a joy to see the 1st graders perform “The Night Before Christmas”. And I certainly think one of the most honored traditions is the graduation ceremony of our students – many whom I have seen grow since 1st grade into young men and women of our future.