My name is Johanna Abell and I am excited to be returning to Mountain View Elementary. I have been teaching since 1998, and started in Loudoun County in 2001. I come from the great state of North Carolina and attended Western Carolina University (go Catamounts!) obtaining a B.S. Ed. in Instrumental Music. I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree from James Madison with an emphasis in Orff. I have taken all three levels of the Orff-Schulwerk and the Master Class at the University of Memphis. I am the former president of the Music of the Valley Orff chapter located in Winchester, VA and a founding member of the chapter. I love the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education, as it employs the child's entire being to understand and feel music and truly make it their own. It may sound like chaos in the music room, but I promise learning is happening!!!!! In my spare time, I like to run, read, play the piano, drink way too much coffee, but most importantly, spend time with my daughter and husband.