I'm proud to have been named a 2019 CMA Foundation National Music Teacher of Excellence! Thank you to the CMA Foundation for going out of your way to recognize educators across the nation for the work we do. 




                          This is the top secret box they gave me with a flash drive inside containing all the top secret plans :)


When I was in college, a department chair told me, "You don't look like a music teacher, and you sure don't act like one... but you continue to succeed in this program." 


At the time, this felt like an insult. Looking back on that exchange, I now wear it as a badge of honor. I DON'T look like a music teacher. I DON'T carry myself like one. My classroom is how I wish it would have been when I was a child - loud, exciting, unpredictable, inclusive, and above all... fun.


As Frost says, "that has made all the difference." 

speaking events

Previous events


VAMEA state conference

VAMEA state conference, Hot Springs, VA

I will be delivering the presentation, "Seven Strategies for Teaching General Music to Students with Autism" on Friday morning at 11:45


"7 strategies for teaching music to students with autism"

NCMEA state conference, 301 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC

I will be presenting "7 strategies for teaching music to students with autism" at the NC Music Educators Association state conference 


CMS Learning Symposium

Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC

CMS will be having a huge back to school learning symposium for the entire CMS teaching family. I will be speaking at all 5 sessions.   8/20 - 10am and 2pm 8/21 - 10am and 2pm 8/22 - 10am