•  I am a mother of five beautiful children and my husband is a Virginia Licensed Teacher, as well!   

     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 fourth 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 received a Master's Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Performing Arts Leadership and Management in May of 2021, and I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music Education from Liberty University.  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 the 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.