Teaches Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Piano, Percussion, Drum Set
“Every child deserves a champion an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” - Rita F. Pierson
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Piano, Percussion, Drum Set
Public School Music Teacher, Band Director, Chairperson of Visual and Performing Arts
BS in Music Education
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music instruction for Students with Special Needs, Elementary School Band
NYS Certified Public School Teacher, Currently the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at a Bronx Elementary School, Currently a Music Teacher and Band Director at a Bronx Elementary School
I am a Levittown native and a 2011 Macarthur High School graduate. I started playing the clarinet in the Gardiners Avenue Elementary School Band in 5th grade. I immediately fell in love with the clarinet from day one. I continued to play it through my primary, secondary and post-secondary schooling. Along the way, I began picking up and learning several secondary instruments including but not limited to the alto saxophone, trumpet and piano.
I graduated Molloy College with honors and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education PreK-12 in 2015. In that same year, I received my NYS Public School Teaching Certificate in Music and started my first public school teaching job. In fall of 2016, I decided to return to Molloy College once again to receive a second degree. I earned my Master’s Degree with honors in Special Education 1-6 in 2019. Though not finalized yet, I aspire to return to Molloy College in the next few years to begin a PHD program in Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities if I am fortunate enough to be accepted into the program.
Currently, I am the Director of Bands at a Bronx elementary school. I also teach a few general music classes from Prek-5th Grade. Moreover, I am the Chairperson of Visual and Performing Arts.
My teaching style is heavily influenced by the educational philosophies of Caleb Gattegno and his Subordination of Teaching to Learning Pedagogy. I believe that the children (or even the adults) who arrive in my classroom or studio have already brought a tremendous amount of knowledge with them. All humans are gifted in their individualized ways. I believe that my job is to guide those who enter my classroom or studio by doing a tremendous amount of listening and observing and by providing detailed feedback. Additional knowledge that is obtained is intentionally built upon existing knowledge. My job is also to create challenges for my students that lead to progress. Not a final destination. Learning is lifelong. Furthermore, I am a firm believer that all children can learn. I am a firm believer in inclusion; and that through individualized instruction, every child can be successful.