About April V.

Background check: Last verified 06/03/2016
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April teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2008
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Hi, all! My name is April and I'm super excited for the opportunity to get to work with you. I graduated from St. Norbert College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. I have been teaching music and theatre since 2008, where I have had the fortunate opportunity to develop many performing arts programs throughout various schools, teach privately, manage and direct theatre productions, and perform locally and internationally. I'm very outgoing and energetic and tailor my teaching to the individual and their particular needs / desires. Every student comes in with a different ability level and goal set, in lessons we will make sure to grow your ability, have fun, and help you reach your goals. Let's get started on your musical and theatrical journeys.

Experience

Music Teacher and Theatre Director

Jul 2014 - Jun 2016
George Rogers Clark Middle High School

-Drove the successful development and implementation of a music program consisting of 150 students all achieving a 90% pass rate
-Reviewed processes and procedures on a regular basis, implementing changes for the efficient flow of operational activities aligned with the organization’s strategic direction
-Initiated and developed leadership opportunities to further grow the team and organization as a whole
-Managed, directed, and produced theatre events and performances
-Identified sources for funding, raising money for an organization with a bank account but no concrete budget (increased bank account five fold)
-Collaborated with community members, newspapers, and radio stations to promote events resulting in a six fold growth in attendance.

Music Teacher, Choir Director, and 2nd Grade Teacher

Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
St. Thomas More School

-Embraced a new teaching opportunity outside music which resulted in 100% achievement rate
-Initiated and facilitated programs that involved student travel
-Directed, rehearsed, and managed a choral program
Implemented successful procedures that further demonstrated the values and growth of the organization
-Collaborated with other professionals in the field to continue to develop a successful performing arts program

Music Teacher and Choir Director

Jun 2008 - May 2011
St. Patrick Catholic School

-Identified and established the redevelopment of an under-performing program resulting in a 100% pass rate
-Collaborated with community members to create events utilizing positive event coordination and project development
-Managed, produced, and directed a theatre program comprised of 100 students that resulted in positive community and organization support

Education

Bachelors of Music in Music Education

Aug 2004 - May 2008
St. Norbert College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Indiana Professional Teaching License

Jun 2012
State of Indiana

Illinois Professional Teaching License

Jun 2008
State of Illinois

Awards

Music Scholarship

Aug 2004
St. Norbert College

Abbot Pennings Scholarship

Aug 2004
St. Norbert College
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4 Reviews on April V.

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Cindy Saksa Bobalik Jun 21, 2016
Vocal Training
April is licensed and certified to teach music and drama, and I can promise you that she is a teacher of extraordinary talent and dedication. I have first-hand experience with April's work in the classroom. I am the Administrative Assistant at George Rogers Clark Middle/High School, and I work with her daily. She is one of those teacher that a child grows up to remember for the rest of his/her life. She has that significant of an impact on her students ad they learn and thrive in her classroom.
April sets high, but not unreasonable, standards for her students and then she gives them tools to succeed. Students are motivated and intellectually stimulated in her classroom. She has a passion for teaching and turns mistakes into teachable moments in her classroom. She uses a plethora of methods to keep the children interested and engaged. When students leave April's classroom, they have embodied a passion for music and drama.
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Marchell Jun 13, 2016
April is a talented, caring, and a professional teacher. I have seen her work with students first hand. The productions and proformances were creative and brought out the best in her students.
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Katie Jun 13, 2016
April is a creative, talented and caring teacher. I have seen first-hand how she works with students, making lessons fun and interesting. The shows April has put on have been extremely entertaining, with the children clearly loving every minute of the performances. I also know April as a client, my daughter took private voice lessons with her. April is a professional who is dedicated to giving her students the best possible experiences.
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Tarasita Jun 7, 2016
April is one of the most dedicated and passionate people I know, always going above and beyond for any project she is working on (from classroom lessons, private lessons, to full productions). Music has always been around her and am excited for her as she continues to teach music. She is an inspirational person who will get anyone excited about music and will teach from the heart.