Hello My Name Is...
This is my 16th year at Whitesides and it has been the most rewarding experience I can imagine. Every year I grow as a music educator and the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is what I learn from my students. I am committed to fostering musicianship in every student with whom I come into contact. I enjoy teaching singing and folk instruments to my students (dulcimer, harmonica, ukulele, and recorder) so that they can become well-rounded young musicians and be encouraged and enthused about continuing to sing and play instruments at the middle and high school levels and beyond! My students know that I am not done learning more and more about music every year--I love playing clarinet in the Charleston Community Band and playing the Great Highland bagpipes in Charleston Police Pipes and Drums and competing as a soloist and as a member of a band in Scottish Festivals in the Southeast and performing for community events as a clarinet player and piper. My other hobbies include reading and studying Spanish.
Music is an academic pursuit in its own right, but it is also my firm belief that music is a medium for developing literacy skills and reasoning skills, and is a valuable multi-disciplinary approach and context for learning about social studies, history, math, and MORE! Music is not only a core subject, but an encore subject as well—I love what I do!
I earned by bachelor's degree in music education as well as my master's degree in woodwind instrument performance from the University of Michigan. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spend my summers in my beloved Northern Michigan. Many people say that I live a charmed life with summers in Michigan and fall/winter/spring in South Carolina. I agree!
My husband is a biology professor at The College of Charleston. Our daughter attends Wando High School and our son is a recent graduate of The University of Edinburgh. Everyone in my family sings and plays instruments and so it is kind of noisy at our house!
I hope that everyone has
a very rewarding and productive year at Whitesides!