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I joined the Earth & Spirit Center in 2021. I am from Louisville, Kentucky and currently live in the Highlands with my cats Giovanni and Sneakers. I teach music at Bloom Elementary School and provide professional development, drumming workshops, lessons, and community drum circles with my private business, DrumSmart LLC. I love nature and have recently purchased a forest in Indiana that I am turning into conservation land. I am very passionate about drumming and strengthening community through drum circles.

Bachelor of Music Education, Morehead State University in Morehead, KY

Master’s of Percussion Performance, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ

PhD Music Education student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY

My research interests are mindful drumming and the social and emotional effects drumming has on individuals.

I also hold Orff-Schulwerk Levels 1,2,3 and currriculum from the University of Kentucky and a World Drumming Music Level 1 certificate from Murray State University.

2020-present Lotus Counseling and Wellness Center Louisville, Kentucky Druminyasa

2019-present Children’s Homes Hawaii and Kentucky Drumming Playshop Facilitator

2018-2019 Indiana University Southeast New Albany, Indiana Adjunct Percussion Faculty

2017-present Bloom Elementary School Louisville, Kentucky Music

2016-present DrumSmart LLC Louisville, Kentucky Owner and Percussion Specialist www.drumsmartllc.com

2016-present The Louisville Leopard Percussionists Louisville, Kentucky Summer Camp Staff 2016-2018 The Louisville Leopard Percussionists Louisville, Kentucky Director, Middle School Ensemble

2013-2017 Gheens Academy Louisville, Kentucky K-12 District Music Curriculum Specialist

2009-2013 J. Graham Brown School Louisville, Kentucky K-12 Music/Band Director

2006-2009 Shawnee High School and Western Middle School Louisville, Kentucky Band Director/Percussion Instructor

2004-2006 Clear Creek Elementary Shelbyville, Kentucky General Music

2002-2004 Huggins Elementary School Fulshear, Texas General Music

2001-2002 Crain Middle School Victoria, Texas Band Director

1999-2001 Rutgers University Teaching Assistant for Marching Band

1998-1999 Victoria College Victoria, Texas Percussion Ensemble Director

1996-1999 Stroman High School and Patti Welder Middle School Victoria, Texas Assistant Band Director/Percussion Instructor