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I am originally from Virginia and grew up outside of Richmond.  I graduated from Hopewell High School in 1992 and attended East Carolina University.  While at ECU, I was a member of the Marching Pirates and studied Music Education.   I graduated from ECU in 1996.  

Upon graduation, I taught high school band in Yorktown, VA for three years before returning to East Carolina to attend graduate school.  While in graduate school I taught the ECU Concert Band and assisted in teaching the Marching Pirates.  I also taught music appreciation at Pitt Community College.  I received my Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education in 2001.  

After graduate school I took a position teaching at Dixon High School and spent eleven years teaching the marching, concert, and jazz bands in addition to teaching music appreciation, piano and guitar.  Now in 2012 I am proud to be a Mariner at Dixon Middle School!

I am married to a wonderful man, who is also a band director, and together we have two beautiful children - Benjamin and Alice-Ann.