Hello Sycamore Families! I’m so excited for another exciting year of teaching music at Sycamore Elementary School. Though I like to think that I’m pretty good at covering up my accent, I actually grew up on Long Island, New York! I attended the University of Rhode Island, from which I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2012. Having grown up on the water, I love swimming, fishing, boating, and being at the beach. In 2015, I moved to Arizona to obtain more teaching experience and to be closer to my girlfriend while she attended nursing school. Now, she is a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Tucson Medical Center, and the two of us will be getting married in October! Since moving to Tucson, I have come to love and appreciate Arizona and the desert. Though I miss the East Coast, I truly love the mild winters, the beautiful scenery, hiking local trails, camping in the mountains, and playing golf all year long.
I have been actively involved in music since I was nine years old playing the trumpet in the elementary school band. It was my high school music teacher’s influence that led me to pursue a career in music education. While attending the University of Rhode Island, I discovered the joy of working with elementary school students through my internship experiences. After graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2012, I worked in the public school systems of Rhode Island and New York, taught private music lessons, and performed as a trumpeter, guitarist, and singer. In 2018, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
While demonstrating fluency in the core curriculum of music, I offer to provide your children with a fun and nurturing learning environment that incorporates multicultural lessons, hands-on activities, exciting performances, and a wide range of task-oriented assessments. Music is the driving force behind my enthusiasm, and the foundation of my character. As an active performer, I continually strive to learn and develop through musical practice. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than activating students’ musical understanding and appreciation.