YOGA Wednesdays @ PFM
3:00 to 3:30 South Preschool
3:30 to 4:00 North Preschool
Certified NGY Teacher for: 2-13 yr. olds
Why do you teach Yoga?
After I received my 200-hour yoga certification I began teaching at a local elementary school. I loved how the kids were so curious and open-minded exploring yoga. Week after week they shared how much they loved Savasana (deep relaxation.) I had an ‘Aha moment” This was one of the few (if only) times in their day where they had permission to close their eyes and come to stillness. It occurred to me that this is something that they are naturally drawn to. Helping facilitate that connection through Yoga inspires me.
What do you do when are not teaching NGY classes?
When I am not teaching NGY classes, I spend my time with my husband, two kids and their golden retriever Sam. I enjoy skiing, reading, travel and yep you guessed it -- yoga!
What is your special gift in connecting with children?
I love teaching classes that are relevant that adapts from the typical adult structure of a class pranayama (breathing), meditation and asanas (movement), but tailoring it in a way that is engaging and educational for kids; whether a class theme is about the spine or about the seasons, there is always something to learn and we can have fun doing it!
MUSIC Fridays @ PFM
3:15 to 3:35 South Preschool
3:35 to 4:55 North Preschool
4:00 to 4:15 Toddlers
I've been playing music since being introduced to drums at age ten. Since then I've studied guitar, bass, piano, hand drums, and voice, earning a degree in music performance and composition from Cornish College of the Arts. I enjoy working with the kids at PFM, singing classic kids, folk, and original songs, as well as introducing them to various instruments, and teaching them basic rhythms and music reading skills. I've played drums, guitar, bass and sang professionally for over twenty years and have shared the stage with a wide variety of artists from Rock legends Nirvana to Jazz great Julian Priester (John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock).
In addition to my work at PFM, I've been teaching private lessons for over eighteen years, working with groups and individuals of all skill levels and ages. My philosophy is to foster a students’ enthusiasm and creativity by encouraging them to work on material they are interested in learning. This keeps them engaged, enjoying themselves, spending time with their instrument. Serving as a music program manager for a non-profit arts school has allowed me to teach in children's homes, youth and homeless shelters, as well as in public, private, alternative schools. Currently, I lead the band Beggars & Saints performing shows in and around Seattle, as well as recording and producing albums for bands and artists.