I am a mother of five beautiful children and my husband is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Guilford Elementary in Sterling, Virginia. 

     I LOVE being a music teacher!  Music is a safe place for everyone to be themselves, 100%.  Music brings out the best in all of us and gives us a chance to try new things!  It has been such a joy of mine to be a music teacher at Hillside Elementary.  This is my third year teaching music at Hillside, prior to that, I was the music teacher at Buffalo Trail Elementary School for four years.   I have also worked a great deal in special education in Virginia and Louisiana and was a first grade teacher and a band director in Utah.  I've had the amazing opportunity to work in the Men's Utah Prison System doing special volunteer musical programs and functions.  I graduated from Louisiana State University in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education with a minor in Theatre, where I received a full scholarship as a clarinetist.  I am currently pursing a Master's Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Performing Arts Leadership and Management, and will graduate this spring.  I completed an internship at NextStop Professional Theatre in Herndon where I worked in Marketing and Development and attended a summer internship and institute in Athens, Greece, through Shenandoah Conservatory.

    I am a clarinetist, and saxophonist, as well as a vocalist and a pianist.

    Music and the arts have always been my solace; a wonderful world of freedom and joy from the ups and downs that life is sure to bring.  It is one of greatest privileges of my life to share that peace, joy, and genuine love that I feel for music with our little ones that will shape our future.