I have been a General Music Specialist in the North Thurston Public Schools since 1990. I have spent most of my teaching years at Lacey Elementary. My career in education began as a student in the Teacher Education Program at The Evergreen State College and Western Washington University. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in 1989 and the teacher certification program in 1990. Having grown up in Olympia, I felt fortunate to be able to remain in the area with my first teaching position at Lacey Elementary. In 1996, I completed my Masters of Music Education at the University of Portland. I completed my National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards in Early Childhood Music in 2010. The General Music program at Lacey supports student learning through engaging in vocal and instrumental instruction, creative movement and folk dance, developing musical literacy and exploring music history.