Before a career in education, I was traveling the world as a musician. I have performed and taught 5-string banjo for the past 20 years. Music is an important part of my life, and it gave me the opportunity to explore education. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Studio recording, I toured as a performer, and I had many opportunities to work in schools as a performer/teacher. I have been working in the schools for the past 13 years. I was a substitute teacher while I was off the road performing, and I fell in love with teaching and interacting with students. I worked for 8 years in Asheville Middle School doing every possible job in the classroom before deciding to become a classroom teacher. I was hired in 2011 as an EC teacher and was given my own classroom and the opportunity to develop my own learning community therein. The opportunity to work with young people is both daunting and inspiring. The lessons we learn together in the classroom affect the whole world, and I am honored to be trusted with the great task of education. This is my third year at ICI, and I feel excited to be involved in this start of this community. I am fortunate and thankful to be surrounded by these students, parents, and teachers as I learn, exchange ideas, and interact with this growing community. I have a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Lenoir/Rhyne University focused on teaching mathematics, but I understand the duty of education is the teaching of the whole child. I look forward to learning with our community!