James Ward Elementary School

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Upon graduating Leesville High School, I attended McNeese State University where I earned my baccalaureate degree in nursing. I worked as a registered nurse at Christus St. Patrick hospital in the operating room for 8 years. After the birth of our triplets and our fourth child, I chose to stay at home with our children.

Once our youngest child entered school, I began work as a part time reading interventionist. It was during my work as an interventionist where I discovered my love for teaching children. After two years working as an interventionist, I began work on my master’s degree in teaching. In May of 2016, I graduated with a Masters in the Art of Teaching and received my teaching certification for Louisiana. 

I grew up with music in my daily life. (My mother was also a music teacher.) I was actively involved in my school’s music programs as well as the programs at my church. In 2001, I accepted the position of Music Director at Jennings United Methodist. In the fall of 2012, I was offered the position of music teacher at James Ward Elementary and Jennings Elementary Schools.

I believe that music offers all students a unique opportunity to shine and achieve. Along with the social benefits of music activities and presentations, research findings show that music plays an integral part in the cognitive development of children. Music education exercises both sides of the human brain and has been linked to improved reading and math scores. Music is more than entertainment; music is a wonderful educational tool. It is my goal to utilize this tool to benefit all of the students who enter my classroom. It is truly a blessing to be able to share my love of music with your children.