I am thrilled to be working with new teachers, who in their turn will teach and influence hundreds or thousands of youth during their careers. It’s a great responsibility to see that each Teacher Candidate develops the level of expertise and inspiration that characterize the fine teachers that we need in our schools. The classroom of such a teacher is one where every person is both a learner and a teacher, where respect for one another and excitement for learning abounds, and where the group’s daily work builds to a new level of personal growth and understanding, and towards an unforgettable school year. Day by day, our Teacher Candidates begin to realize that they not only affect the students before them, but they truly touch the future of every person those students will interact with over their lifetimes. Can there possibly be a more important profession? Let’s hear it for teachers!
Extensive study and practice with leading teachers and performers over many years in voice, piano, classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, and theatre, including stage and musical direction and theatre and the handicapped. Extensive experience as a teacher/educator at many grade levels, K – 12, for over 40 years in California, Arkansas, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Director of Preschool and Kindergarten, Roswell, NM. Music and Performing Arts Specialist in North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey, and Yelm Community Schools, Washington (1978-2006). Visiting Professor, Dept. of Education, Saint Martin’s University. Cofounder, producer, Director, and Executive Director of the youth theatre ,Creative Theatre Experience (youth summer theatre workshop and productions). Performer and director of community theatre, 28 years; Curriculum Advisory Writing Team for the fine arts, State of Washington; clinician for workshops for teachers and music teachers, including extracurricular projects with at-risk students; Consultant to local youth groups. Recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Masterworks Choral Society Salute to the Arts, P.T.A. Service to Youth Award, National Endowment for the Arts Youth Discovery Award, Golden Apple, Thurston County Council On Diversity and Human Rights Award, Dick Williams Human Relations Award, and letters of commendation from every Superintendent of the NTPS for the past 24 years.