What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the music teacher at Howbert Elementary.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I teach all the band, orchestra and general music classes as well as choir after school. This year it was 40 classes per week and the after-school activities. Since Howbert has grown, Iím hoping to get some help next year, but we still donít know if that will happen yet.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Iíve been teaching since 1985, teaching band since Ď87, and added the vocal/general music during the last seven years. How long on the Westside? I got my dream job when I landed Howbert in 2004. I was also at Pike for a few years until Howbert became full-time.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I sing and dance and play games with 300 children all day. What could be better than that? But if I had to say one thing, Iíd say itís the challenge of constantly learning new material. That keeps everything fresh and exciting.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Lighten the load a bit.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Oh, thereís so much! Like, what to do when a child faints on stage, or that kindergarteners REALLY need to go to the bathroom or that no matter how hard you work, something will always go wrong with the show but the parents will love it anyway. Or computers; we barely had to know how to type back then!
What makes working on the Westside special?
Oh, thatís easy, the people. The families here are so amazing. Parents are always right there, ready and eager to help with everything and theyíre a vast source of so much talent.
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