Hello, friends, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Tamara and I'm an elementary music teacher in Raleigh, NC. I call you friends because that's what you are when you're here. My hope with this blog is to create a safe place to share ideas and experiences, to build a community of educators eager to help and learn from each other! I encourage you to look around and participate by asking questions and commenting on posts that resonate with you. Also, be sure to check out my "favorites" page to find like-minded educators who believe that #teachershelpteachers!
Tamara the teacher and musician...
I was born into a musical family, so my music education began almost as soon as I was born. From elementary school through high school I was involved in band where I played flute and oboe and, later, bari sax. I was also in choir both at school and church and took private piano and voice lessons.
Despite my musical upbringing, I had never considered pursuing music or education as a career. In fact, from the age of seven I wanted to be an archeologist! It wasn't until attending a summer school for the choral arts that I realized music is something I could not live without and the rest is history.
In 2009 I graduate from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Voice. In 2010 I started teaching K-2 music at a charter school in Raleigh, NC. After four years I took a leap of faith and accepted a job teaching K-6 music at a brand new STEAM charter school. It has been a wild but amazing journey working at a new school and I love that I get to build my program from the foundation! On the side I also teach piano lessons and lead an extracurricular choir for 4th and 5th graders.
Tamara the rest of the time...
Although I now live in North Carolina, I'm a Binghamton, NY native and Yankee at heart. I'm pretty sure I'm the only northern transplant in the south who actually misses snow. Seriously. After experiencing the humidity here I want to move to Alaska.
When I'm not teaching I enjoy playing The Sims, riding my bike, and coloring. (For the recorder, I colored as a hobby long before the current trend of adult coloring books. haha) I also love watching TV shows of epic proportions such as Game of Thrones, Black Sails, Vikings, and American Horror Story.