What is most important to me is that students enjoy what they are learning, and that they find intrinsic motivation to continue their learning. I am willing to work with any age of student and teach them whatever material they are interested in learning; what I think is crucial, though, is that they feel successful and engaged.
Hi! I graduated from Kalamazoo College in June of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, as well as in Spanish Language and Literature. I am now pursuing my Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum at Grand Valley State University here in Grand Rapids, which will allow me to soon become a certified a K-12 music teacher!!
Until the pandemic hit, I worked as a piano instructor for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's after school piano program at 2 different elementary schools in Kalamazoo, MI. I have also served as a volunteer English (as a foreign language) teacher at a 6-12 school in Ecuador when I studied abroad there for seven months, as well as a at a bilingual Spanish/English immersion elementary school in Kalamazoo, MI.
Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, MI 2020 – present Music Education Graduate Teaching Certificate Program
Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI 2016 – 2020
Magna Cum Laude; Honors in Music Double major: Music and Spanish
Departmental Student Advisor for the Kalamazoo College Music and Spanish Departments, Founding member of Alpha Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (national collegiate honors society for Hispanic studies), Memher of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society
Margaret Upton Prize in Music, Francis Clark Scholarship for Piano
Universidad San Francisco de Quito Quito, Ecuador August 2018 – February 2019 Berklee College of Music International Network
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 2016 – 2018
Guest Student in the Bronco Marching Band GPA: 4.0
Rochester Adams High School Rochester Hills, MI 2012 – 2016
Scholar of Distinction; National Honors Society; National Spanish Honors Society
The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival February 2018 – March 2020
Assistant piano lab instructor (K-5) at The Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s
After School Piano education program in Kalamazoo, MI.
Portage Central High School Spring 2020
Pit orchestra musician for production of Mamma Mia!
The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training August – October 2019
Pit orchestra musician for productions of Mamma Mia! and
Rocky Horror Show
The Civic Theatre of Kalamazoo October – December 2017
Pit orchestra musician for the production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Walgreens Company Summer 2017
Customer service associate at Walgreens Co. in Rochester Hills, MI.
Communities in Schools Volunteer September 2019 – November 2019
After school tutor at El Sol Elementary (English/Spanish
bilingual school) in Kalamazoo, MI
Volunteer Assistant English (ESL) Teacher August – December 2018
Assistant teacher for sixth through twelfth grade students at
El Hogar Cristo Rey in Cumbayá, Ecuador. Completed five hours of
volunteer work per week (80 hours total) for a service-learning course.
Rochester Community Schools 2014 – 2016
Volunteer pit orchestra musician for the productions of The Addams Family, Sweeney Todd, and The Little Mermaid. Also served as a volunteer for the mentor program for incoming freshmen.
Hospital Volunteer May 2013 – May 2015
Volunteer in the Radiology File Room at Ascension Crittenton Hospital
in Rochester Hills, MI. Filed and scanned confidential medical paperwork, answered phone calls, and delivered flowers to patients.
After School Tutor 2013 – 2014
Weekly math and English tutor for children from low-income households
at Rogers Elementary School in Pontiac, MI. Also worked with Hispanic students who spoke English as a second language.
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