Middle and High School Choir Teacher — Charleston R-II School District
Explain your career path
I started at my new position in Charleston in January of 2018 and I look forward to continuing in the fall. I am working to build the school's choir program. Charleston has a history of strong music programs that are recently in need of a revamp and I am extremely excited to be the teacher to have the opportunity to come in and reinvigorate the choir program and get these kids involved.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
I was a Vocal Music Education major. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a music teacher and I was encouraged by my own educators and mentors to pursue that career.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
When I started at SEMO, the River Campus had just opened. The campus dedicated to the arts was very attractive to me. I was also drawn to the exceptional music faculty and the feeling of being at home that I got when I was on both the main campus and the river campus. SEMO was not too big or intimidating. I felt comfortable there.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
Of all my professors, the ones who influenced me the most were Dr. Tim Schmidt and Mrs. Mary Mims. They have both contributed so much to my educational philosophy and my teaching style.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
While I am still working on this within myself, I learned not to compare myself and my progress to others. Everyone has a different path and progresses down that path at a different pace.
Describe Southeast in three words.
Comfortable, Supportive, Helpful