Retiring from position as high school vocal music instructor
How long have you taught in the Nevada District?
I’ve just completed my 22nd year here in Nevada.
Did you teach in other places, or hold other jobs, before starting here?
I taught in Keota for one year, HLV Victor for two years, and West Marshall for five-and-a-half years.
What led you into a career of teaching music?
I have been very involved in both vocal and instrumental music all through my life, starting at a very young age. I had many supportive instructors that encouraged me along the way. My family was also very supportive and encouraging. Music has always been a passion of mine and something I enjoy.
What have you loved most about this profession?
Most people involved in education are very supportive and encouraging of not only their students, but also of their peers. That is what makes the difference in a school’s culture. The students that I am privileged to work with are highly motivated and willing to work hard to achieve the objective of a polished performance.
What is special about working with the level of students you are working with now?
I am going to miss the students in Nevada. They are great young people to work with. High school students are in the process of developing an understanding of what they want to achieve. It is so much fun to watch them grow and blossom into great singers and great citizens.
What things have changed most since you began teaching?
Technology changes have been a major challenge for education during the years I have been teaching. It really can enhance the learning in schools, but on the other hand, it can also be quite a distraction. Now it is important to teach students how to use technology responsibly as a citizen.
What have you loved about teaching in Nevada?
Nevada is a warm and friendly community that really wants the best for their schools and community as a whole. It’s very nice to see the pride they take in the progress of the city and school district.
How exciting was it to be part of the process for the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium?
It was a very time consuming process, especially in the beginning, but it has paid off in a very nice facility for the school and the community. It really is a quality performance building that many schools would love to have. They may have auditoriums, but they are not the quality that is here in Nevada.
What are you looking forward to most about retirement?
I am looking forward to opening a new chapter in my life that may revolve around antiques and traveling. My church choir, where I serve as the director, will keep my music alive and well.