This will be my 26th year teaching elementary school general music in Lake Forest District 67. I feel so fortunate that I am able to share the joy of music with such eager, enthusiastic children! Growing up in Kentucky and Florida, music was not offered in my elementary school or middle school. I loved singing at home and in church. My sister and I also took piano lessons and loved to play duets together! In 1984, receiving a voice scholarship, I came to Chicago to start my undergraduate years at Northwestern University. I graduated in 1988 with an undergraduate degree in music education and a minor in voice performance. My Masters Degree from Northeastern University is in Applied Music: Voice. My passion for music and striving to be a better music teacher led me back to school where I have take multiple graduate courses that include: Orff Level I, Orff Level II, Orff Curriculum and Design and A Practical Approach to Music Course. I have attended numerous Orff Chapter Workshops and two National Orff Conventions. In July of 2012 I got married! My husband and I love to watch documentaries, read, exercise and experience different dining outings in our great Chicago-land area! My father, a former southern-Baptist minister taught me the value and importance of helping those in need. For the past 6 years, I have taught music lessons to children in a homeless shelter in Rogers Park. I do feel thankful that I am able to offer the gift of music to the children at the shelter.