Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Currently a grad student at the University of Oxford, studying Musicology.
In between PBA and grad school I spent two years as an artist in residence at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, as well as teaching for the De George Academy.
I know I was told this, but I wish I had listened: The first years after college, you don't have to have it all together and land a full-time career right away. If I had gotten the full time positions I wanted, I'd have missed out on a lot of experiences and never applied to grad school.
"Give yourself permission to experiment and innovate"
PBA did a great job of preparing me for working with students in the arts because of the examples of my music professors, who cared about us individually and raised our expectations toward excellence.
Give yourself permission to experiment and innovate in whatever environment you find yourself working. Creativity, combined with kindness, can transform the workplace.
I am incredibly thankful to the music staff at Dreyfoos, who have all mentored me in the past few years and helped me understand the trickiest aspects of teaching highly gifted students. My parents are my constant source of advice and support, and have helped me navigate the music classroom and professional atmosphere in tremendous ways.
Spotlight posted in December 2017.