M.Mus., Choral Conducting, Emory University
B.Mus., Voice Performance, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Why do you love teaching or working at Mount Pisgah?
I love teaching in an environment that places a high value on both academic excellence and personal and spiritual development. I'm grateful for the opportunities to push and inspire my students to not only be the best musicians they can be, but also to be young men and women of great character and integrity. Having taught in public school systems where I could not openly discuss my faith, I'm delighted that I can teach in an environment where I can talk about Jesus and spiritual things with my colleagues and with my students, that we can encourage each other in our spiritual walks and together learn how to be better follower of Christ.
Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
I was blessed with some really great teachers throughout my education. One that really stands out to me is my elementary music teacher, Mrs. Meeks. She identified and fostered my love of music early on. Her own love of music was infectious, and it made me want to participate in every musical opportunity she offered me. The musical foundation she helped lay when I was in elementary school led to a lifelong love of music and a desire to foster and spread that love of music to the next generation.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
One of my favorite verses is Galatians 5:1: "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." I love this verse, because it reminds me that Jesus died to set me free from the bondage of sin and my own fallen nature. He died to give us abundant life and has called us to freedom, not keeping a list of do's and don'ts, but freedom to be all that He has called and made us to be, because His infinite grace covers us. When I'm tempted to put the chains of sin and performance and anxiety and fear back on, this verse reminds me that my freedom from those things has already been purchased by the blood of Jesus.