I believe in the evolving role of the student in his own learning, that knowledge is constructed 
rather than acquired, and that authentic experiences induce deep understanding.

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This section illustrates how respect is practices in the classroom.
https://sites.google.com/a/fshamail.org/digital-media/units/brand-identity-logo

Example 1. This Brand, Identity, Logo project required digital media students to design and produce an effective logo for a school multicultural club.  Students select an appropriate organization and work closely with a representative, research its identity, and produce a visual abstraction of the identity. Finally, students reflect on their process and product.



Example 2.   When possible and appropriate, music students are encouraged to select their repertoire.  A Korean boarding student taught her classmates this pop song, called Lonely.










This section demonstrates my role as an advocate for students and school communities.
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Example 1. This curriculum proposal (link to paper) presents Digital Media, an integrated, project-based, arts and technology course that incorporates elements of visual arts and music with the skills that are standard among contemporary society, industry and academia.

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Example 2. During the 2013-14 school year, I mined student grade and test data.  This chart shows a significant decline of improvement among our  lowest performers in math. While mid- and high-performing students gained 10 points every year on the PSAT, low-performers gained only 5.  Our school is beginning to address this by implementing accommodations and including test preparation with instruction. 



The following documents demonstrate the role of educational experiences in the classroom.

Example 1.  In this assessment, students demonstrate deep understanding of aural pitch as a symbolic abstraction by performing with Curwen hand signs.  This is a scaffolded assignment, which prepares beginning students for written musical notation.






Example 2.   This is a video presentation of an action research project titled Music Instruction in the Choir Classroom: A Rigorous, Differentiated, and Constructivist Approach (link to paper).  It explores how an approach enriches music education in the choir classroom by evaluating instructional practices, learning, and the perceptions held by students and the instructor, throughout a unit on pitch.


These documents demonstrate leadership for social justice.

Example 1.    
I will complete my 6th year of service as the visual and performing arts department chair at my school this year.  I participated in Chairing Your Department training for this role through Independent School Management
I work with an excellent group of visual and performing arts educators to enrich our school with a robust and rigorous Arts curriculum. We have implemented a scope and sequence that draws heavily from the National Core Arts Standards and California State Standards. While many of our graduates pursue higher education in the Arts or Arts-related careers, our program primarily supports growth of the whole individual, the development of intellect and values.  The document to the left is the Visual and Performing Arts Department Vision Statement, which I wrote with former Assistant Principal Annemarie Bacich.

Example 2. I serve as a Youth Choir and Band director at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, CA.  Members lead the 5:30PM Sunday congregation in prayer and worship.  We also support the confirmation and youth ministry programs.  I wrote My Soul Rejoices specifically for this choir.  It is the first song in the playlist below.