I have a passion for teaching my students to read, play, sing, and feel music. My prayer is that they will realize that their talents are best used to praise and honor our Lord Jesus! I am the band and choral director at American Christian Academy. This school year I will be teaching 4th and 5th grade general music, beginning band, advanced band, 2nd-4th grade Jubilare!, 5th & 6th grade chorus, a 7th & 8th grade introduction to percussion class, and a 7th grade Bible class. I grew up in Tequesta, Florida and attended The King‟s Academy for grades 1-12. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I was the drum major for two years while at Samford and my principal instrument is the clarinet…that means that if all else fails I could stand on the street corner, put out a hat, and hopefully earn some meal money playing it! I began my teaching career in the Jefferson County School System and served for a short time as interim Assistant Director of Bands at Gardendale High School. I then served as Assistant Director of Bands and Choral Director at Oak Grove High School and Alliance Elementary, then as Director of Bands at Pittman Middle School in Hueytown, Alabama. I was the visual coordinator, drill writer, color guard director, and winter guard director for the Brookwood High School band program for twelve years. I frequently enjoy adjudicating drum majors and color guards around the Southeast at various marching band competitions. I am a member of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, the Alabama Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, and the International Clarinet Association.
Caleigh, Chanley, and Gabriel Henson are the children God has given me to nurture and love above all other students at ACA, for they are my very own!
The gifts that God has given me are the gift of encouragement and the gift of visual design focused around beautiful music…whether that be through dance, interpretive movement, a PowerPoint presentation, or my personal favorite…conducting! I love to SEE or create beauty and HEAR beautiful music simultaneously! I also enjoy swimming, walking, reading, fashion, and rolling my car windows down when I am alone and singing loudly while doing the airplane with my arm in the wind.
Two dreams of mine that will most likely always be just that, but are fun to dream about anyway are to compose a symphony that is able to somehow represent all 66 books in the Bible, and to be the first female conductor of the Boston Pops!
My favorite books are…..With You All The Way by Max Lucado, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and nearly all books by Francine Rivers.
My favorite saying is "DON‟T LET YOUR FACE BE 7:25, LOOKING LIKE A FROWN. LET IT SHINE LIKE 10 AFTER 10, LIKE A GREAT BIG, HAPPY CLOWN. LET IT BE 10:10!"
My favorite songs are…Yikes that‟s hard!
„Faithful One‟…Selah „Give Me Jesus‟, „There Will Be a Day‟…Jeremy Camp
„Your Hands‟…JJ Heller „Always"…Building 429 „Beloved‟…Tenth Avenue North
„Time to Say Goodbye‟…Andrea Boccelli & Sarah Brightman „The Real Me‟, „Held‟…Natalie Grant
„Everything to Me‟…Avalon „February Song‟, „To Where You Are‟…Josh Groban
„And So It Goes‟, „The Downeaster "Alexa"‟…Billy Joel „Paris‟…Faith Hill
„Bubbly‟…Colbie Caillat „The Impossible Dream‟…from Man of La Mancha
„Castle on a Cloud‟…from „Les Miserables‟
„The Music of the Night‟...from The Phantom of the Opera „Linus & Lucy‟…George Winston
„Cole‟s Tune‟…from Mr. Holland‟s Opus „Irish Tune from County Derry‟…Grainger
„Gabriel‟s Oboe‟…from The Mission, performed by YoYo Ma
„Elsa‟s Procession to the Cathedral‟…Wagner „Salvation Is Created‟…Tchesnekoff
My favorite hymns of all time are „Be Thou My Vision‟ and „Jesus, Name Above All Names‟.
Really, I could go on forever! That‟s right; there was no country in there, not even that Faith Hill song!
I will end by sharing some special verses that God has written to me…
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Isaiah 41:10 "…I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 40: 11 "He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young."
I Peter 5:6-7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God‟s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
Psalms 46:6 "Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts."