I'm one credit and 7 weeks away from completing my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/Counseling at Liberty University Online. I'm a recent empty nester and have filled the extra time with academic learning and growth. I have been married to Paul for 28 years. I have two daughters, a son-in-law, and a brand new baby grandson. We have lived in 3 places. We live in Denver, Colorado where we explore the Rockies as much as we can.
My teaching experience started in 1994 when I started my own piano teaching/coaching business. I continued teaching piano 3/4 time for 12 years until I composed and recorded my own CD in 2006 and started touring all over North America. When I was not on tour, I substituted in the public schools assisting in classrooms all over the school district. In 2011 I combined touring with going back to school online and continued substituting when I was home. In 2014 I finally settled into a regular 9-5 job as an English Language Learner...
Firstart Academy, Enrichment Teacher
2015 - 2016
Adopted Play Therapy Principles in daily/weekly sessions to facilitate healing for students affected by
Launched and Cultivated Social Thinking Curriculum in 5 classrooms at First Art Academy
Used music, drama, dance, memorization, and performance to solidify the truths behind the curriculum.
Directed students in 2 different musicals while integrating and utilizing the Social Thinking Concepts.
Taught music, Bible and movement in 5 classes from ages 3-9 years.
Dubuque Community School District, ELL Paraprofessional
2014 - 2015
Coach students daily to implement and execute work to meet graduation goals.
Oversee attendance & student’s work through PowerSchool in multiple ELL study halls.
Communicate with culturally and linguistically diverse students with dignity and respect
Interpret and simplify homework instructions for students
Advocate for students with teachers to initiate accommodations on tests and worksheets
And clarify the students’ language and cultural barriers
Dubuque Community School District, Substitute Paraprofessional
2009 - 2014
I worked in mostly high schools and elementary schools including the alternative high school assisting students in the classrooms.
Choir and Band Accompanist and Chaperone
Finances and Records