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MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Music
MINOR FIELD OF STUDY: History
CURRENT EMPLOYER: Cecil County Public Schools
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Elementary Band Director
DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
I graduated from Salisbury University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a minor in History, and a Maryland State Teaching Certificate. I have taught elementary band and elementary general music for Cecil County Public Schools since graduating from Salisbury. In 2012 I graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland with a Master of Science in Education.
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
At Salisbury, the most important life skill I learned was how to budget my time to meet all my obligations. Music majors are extremely busy, with large number of classes to complete each semester. On top of the course load, there are ensemble rehearsals, private study classes, and on- and off-campus performance obligations to be met. In addition to all these demands on my time, I also held a part-time job during my time at Salisbury. I had to stay very organized and disciplined in order to get everything done properly and on time.
WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
University Wind Ensemble (principal horn) University Chamber Choir Mu Phi Epsilon (charter vice president) Kappa Delta Pi Pi Gamma Mu Phi Alpha Theta
BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
My favorite memory at Salisbury is performing Johan de Meij's Symphony No.1 with the Salisbury University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Richard Johnson conducting. I had never heard the piece before we played it in the Wind Ensemble. To this day, it is one of my all-time favorite pieces of music.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
I chose Salisbury for several reasons. I wanted to go to a state school, but I didn't want to go to a large university where I would be lost in the shuffle, so to speak. At Salisbury, I received the personal attention and instruction that I needed to help me grow and mature as a student and as a musician. My professors were of the highest quality, with encyclopedic knowledge coupled with genuine interest and concern for the students under their instruction. The campus was small enough to navigate easily, the facilities were state-of-the art, and the grounds were absolutely beautiful, no matter the season. Financially speaking, Salisbury was very accessible to a student attending on financial aid and loans. I was able to complete my education without accumulating the major debt so many students struggle with today as they graduate from college. I feel Salisbury delivered a quality education at a reasonable cost.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
The three words I would choose to describe Salisbury are: My best time. At Salisbury, I was constantly busy, constantly challenged, and constantly growing. I learned more about myself, about my discipline, and about life in general than at any other time in my life. I made friends and connections there that endure today. I truly loved being at Salisbury, and will always look back fondly on my time there.
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
Assateague Island was a favorite spot for me. Several music department students would pick an evening in the fall of each year to drive out onto the beach at Assateague for a bonfire. We would roast marshmallows or hot dogs, watch the horses, and reconnect after a summer away from each other. Assateague is a beautiful place at any time, but at night it was especially lovely. I looked forward to the bonfire every year.
I am extremely proud of obtaining my Bachelors and Masters degrees. But I have to say that my proudest moments come at the end of each school year when my students perform their spring concerts. Seeing them take the stage to demonstrate how they've grown and learned, and knowing that I had a hand in helping them achieve, is the most rewarding experience I can imagine. I would have to say that my students are my greatest accomplishments.
WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I have a twin sister! We don't look alike, act the same, share a secret language or psychic connection, have many of the same interests, but we have the birth certificates to prove we are indeed twins!
My hobbies outside of work include playing horn with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, taking road trips in the summertime and amateur photography.
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