About Me

Personal

My life has been complete with a retired art teacher husband and two wonderful daughters. One daughter is a music teacher herself (as is her husband), and my other daughter is a comfort to animals as a worker at our local Humane Society. Her husband works for our local newspaper.

My church is a family to me. I’ve been privileged to work with our local LOGOS activities doing music activities and have just started facilitating community drumming! Through sharing my music with flute, recorder, and piano, I feel I provide the best gift I can to the Lord.

I love yoga. It started as a stress/weight/arthritis thing but is a terrific escape. I also consider myself somewhat of a novice herbal gardener. Attending painting parties with my dear friend and former colleague is another relaxer (unless I get too carried away with dabbing and layering).

What am I like personally? A little goofy. Somewhat scatterbrained. (I set up class jobs in my classroom, one called “Mrs. Stafford’s Brain”.). I love a good laugh with M*A*S*H reruns, Late Night with Stephan Colbert, and Friday Tonight Shows and thank you notes. I love a good cry with Grey’s Anatomy, This Is Us, and the Good Doctor. And laughing at my doggy, Honey.



Professional

I just completed my Ph.D. in music education from the University of Kansas AND retired from the School District of Washington in Washington, MO. Well, since I don't golf and since my husband and I can't decide together on how things should be in the house.....I started a new teaching career. Because it is not in the Missouri Retirement System, I work for St. Louis Public Schools at Gateway Elementary Magnet School, which has a special focus on STEM. I am excited about this new opportunity, going from rural teaching to urban teaching, and trying my hand at a new venture in teaching.

As a fully certified Orff Schulwerk educator, I think my somewhat unstructured by somewhat structured personality comes through. With movement, improvisation, and childlike play, my students get a terrific music experience.

I have also completed Level III in Kodaly and am working on that all important binder and video for full certification. As I incorporate it more and more, I find it’s a beautiful balance with my Orff training. I wish I had started it sooner! My students love the solfege and creating their own music with it. Too many music approaches…too little time!

I love teaching music. Music is a verb. Music is an a-ha moment with the right approach. Teaching music, for me, is a treasure, no matter if my students are 5 or 65. As I near the end of my public teaching career, I’m excited for the horizons coming! And I’m excited to share this with all of you.

Keep sharing your music. Keep sharing your gift.




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