The 2020-21 school year marks my 17th year in the Waterloo school district. I currently teach high school Mixed Choir, an auditioned Concert Choir, an auditioned Men's Ensemble, Music Theory and Music Appreciation. At WJHS, I teach 3 curricular choruses, as well as the select Junior Concert Choir. I received my music degree from Southeast Missouri State University and have continued to take master's level music classes throughout my time at Waterloo. I have continued my personal musical growth by performing, attending clinics, classes and professional performances around the midwest. I am also a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the Illinois Music Educators Association, where I have served as Co-Chair for the ILMEA Jr H Choir auditions and festivals.
I have been married to my husband, Mark for 30 years and have 2 grown children. I also have an aging pitbull/basset hound, Indiana Bones who is the only Munsell with a criminal record (doggie jail). In my spare time, I enjoy all things musical and historical, British and Irish humor, reading, baking, traveling to unusual places and spending time with my family.
I have a particular interest in the music of different cultures and believe that it is a great vehicle to learn about people, cultures and time periods. I hope that through the study of all music, my students will develop into global citizens with a greater knowledge and respect for all peoples. I believe that music changes moods, hearts and lives. In fact, many studies show that students who are involved in music are more confident, have better grades, higher self-esteem, and better self-discipline. When performing, music becomes a powerful instrument of change and I KNOW that it is an opportunity that all students, regardless of their age, should have!
I am looking forward to working with my students this year and am always available via email should you have any concerns or questions.