B.A. Concordia University (Montréal)
After finishing my studies at Concordia, I returned back to the beautiful Monadnock Region, where I grew up. That's right, I'm local. I spent a year working as a music director and substitute teacher at my alma mater, Keene High School. I was first introduced to Dublin School in Fall 2013/Winter 2014 as the accompanist for their production of "Little Shop of Horrors." One thing led to another, and here I am: Dublin's new Music Program Director. I am extremely excited to start my teaching career in such a great place like Dublin School – so close to home too!
This year I am teaching Piano Studies and Literature, Vocal Studies and Literature, Introduction to Music, Advanced Music Theory, Jazz Ensemble, and Glee Club. In addition to my duties at the school, I am the music director at the First Congregational Church and Society of Rindge and a member of the Keene Lions Club.
What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Three teachers have had a huge impact on me and my desire to teach. My seventh grade English Teacher, John McMahon, taught me how fun learning can be. By his style of teaching, his passion, and his relationship with his students, my high school choir teacher, Tom Martin, taught me why music matters and affirmed my dreams of being a teacher. My linguistics professor and supervisor for my senior thesis in French linguistics at university, Davy Bigot, taught me to dig deep to seek out true answers to one's questions and to realize that one's learning never ends.
How would your friends describe you in three words? Passionate, kind, and loyal.
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My senior thesis in French linguistics at university was one of the most fulfilling academic experiences I ever had. It was not your typical course with your professor and rows upon rows of students. I worked one-on-one with my professor to write a thesis paper on one particular trait of the Franco-American dialect of the French language spoken in New England. I travelled to Waterville, Maine; Woonsocket, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; Hartford, Connecticut; and the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire and interviewed 15 Franco-Americans and analyzed their dialect. It was a fascinating study that brought me to areas of the region I would not have been and listening to these people speak was truly remarkable.
What is your favorite place on campus and why? The boathouse on Dublin Lake. There is nothing like sitting on the porch, reading in the sun, listening to music, and feeling the breeze come off of the lake – pure relaxation!
I am most happy when... I am with friends on a cold winter night, watching my Montréal Canadiens win. Go Habs Go!
If I had a free afternoon I would...Get in my car and try to explore somewhere new.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love sailing out on the ocean. There is something thrilling and relaxing about the sun, wind, and waves. You feel as if you are in control in what seems like an untamable environment.