I am so very excited to be starting a new chapter in my teaching career, here at Indian Creek Road Public School as the Music and Drama teacher. Being in my thirteenth year of teaching, I am ecstatic to be in a position where I will be able to share my enthusiasm and passion for Music and Drama with the students of ICRPS.
I am married with three fabulous children, all of whom are grown and no longer living at home (away at school and/or working – two of them in Toronto). I treasure every moment that I do get to have with them, as it seems to be limited with their busy schedules. My husband Gary is nearing his retirement (two and a half more years) from Entegrus, and spends much of his spare time supporting me and my passion.
Besides a love of teaching, music truly is/has been my lifelong passion. Starting more than 30 years ago, participating in Drama musicals, Music/band concerts and events, etc., the spark was ignited. Although majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology in University, participating in the Drama in Education, and Education Through Music classes was my favourite part of my post secondary education. As a teacher and a lifelong learner, completing my Intermediate Drama qualifications, and my Specialist in Instrumental Music was very rewarding. Teaching homeroom classes, I was eager and creative, integrating Music and Drama wherever possible. Competing in the Kiwanis Music Festival was an opportunity to embed literacy and numeracy, as well as build social/teamwork skills along with supporting mental well-being (more on this in the Advocacy tab). Outside of teaching, I absolutely love and enjoy rehearsing weekly, and performing ~ playing the flute, with the Wallaceburg Concert Band – (or small trios or ensembles of). I am currently the co-chair and treasurer for this amazing, over 70 member organization as well. Playing the guitar and ukulele is something that I also enjoy. As a continuous learner, I attend weekly guitar lessons, striving to improve and strengthen my knowledge and performance skills. I am beginning to perform (playing guitar) with the recently revived Wallaceburg Brass Factory Stage Band. This past summer (of 2018) I attended a ukulele workshop offered by the Ukulele Kings, and am looking forward to attending numerous workshops during the Mighty Uke Day event (which is really three days) happening in Michigan in May.