Current Job Title:
Director of Vocal Music
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts
Describe your current job:
I teach K-2 General music and 3-8 grade vocal music. I direct three choirs and an after school vocal club as well.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The most rewarding part is after a performance. It's great to see the kids so excited to perform and enjoy the arts. The most challenging part is finding a balance because since I oversee so many different classes and ensembles.
If you had a campus job or internship, how did they impact your career development?
My intern teaching was by far the most impactful experience of my undergrad studies. I worked with an intern teacher for an entire semester and was able to experience first hand what it really was to be a teacher. So many things I use in my classroom is taken from my intern teacher. I felt adequately prepared and even confident because of my intern experience.
What advice do you have for others pursuing a career similar to yours?
Stay open minded! When I interviewed at my current school, I only did it because I thought it would be good practice. I had no intention of staying in Michigan after I graduated. However, one I interviewed and saw the school, I started to feel a pull and now I feel that this is exactly where I'm supposed to be. Most people have exact plans for what they want to do after graduation and they don't budge until they get it but sometimes those plans you have for yourself aren't meant to happen until later down the line. So while you wait, try new things along the way because those, "pit stops" may prepare you for that ideal original plan you had for yourself. Stay open minded. You might surprise yourself.