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Katie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2005

I grew up in Colorado Springs actively involved in every musical activity possible! Band, choir, youth symphony, private lessons on 3 instruments. . . I couldn't get enough! It was easy for me to decide on a career path, since I was extremely passionate about music and about children. I attended the University of Northwestern--St. Paul in Minnesota, where I earned my Bachelor of Music Education. I am now working on my Master's of Music Education from Kent State University.

For three years, I taught K-4 general music and 4th/5th grade orchestra in Worthington, MN. I then moved across the globe to teach on the hospital ship the Africa Mercy with the organization Mercy Ships. On board the ship, I taught full-time Kindergarten as well as K-5 music classes. While I lived and taught on the ship, it traveled between the Canary Islands, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar. I absolutely loved being a part of this amazing organization and teaching the incredible students from all over the world.

After 3 years abroad, I moved back to Colorado Springs and I am thrilled to be finishing my third year teaching full-time elementary classroom music. I am very excited to be back in the beautiful place where I grew up, and to spend time with my wonderful family who live in Colorado Springs and Denver.

When I teach, I strive to create a warm, caring, and exciting environment that students look forward to attending. I truly enjoy igniting a love and appreciation for music in my students, and transferring my musical passion to them as much as possible! I hope to see every student's eyes light up with joy as they dive into the wonderful world of music with me.

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Experience

K-5 Elementary Music Teacher
Jul 2016 - Present
El Paso District 49

I teach 12 classes of elementary music classes a day, plus a 90-student choir before school twice a week! I do many music performances throughout the year, and I also offer extracurricular music classes as well.

Kindergarten Teacher and K-5 Music Teacher
Jun 2013 - Jun 2016
Mercy Ships

I taught full-time Kindergarten and elementary music for three years aboard a hospital ship in Africa. We sailed to the Canary Islands, Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar while I was onboard. An amazing experience!

Orchestra and Elementary General Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - May 2013
Worthington School District

I taught 4th and 5th grade orchestra along with K-4 general music in southwest Minnesota. It was a wonderful experience!

Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2005 - Dec 2009
Academy of Music

I taught private clarinet, piano, and violin lessons to students of all ages while I attended university.


Education

Master's of Music Education
Jan 2019 - Present
Kent State University
Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009
University of Northwestern--St. Paul

Certifications

Colorado Teaching License K-12 Instrumental Music
Jul 2017
Colorado Department of Education

I was certified in Minnesota before moving to CO.

Awards

Teacher of the Year
May 2018
Ridgeview Elementary School

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