Meet the Teacher
"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of people, but from doing something worthwhile."
During my childhood, I lived in California, Peru, Pakistan and Colorado before I moved to Mercer Island and attended MI High. I married my high school sweetheart, Andy (or as the students call him, Mr. Hamp!), and we live on the Island where we raised our two daughters. I started my career teaching vocal music at the high school level but have enjoyed teaching elementary music for the past 32 years, spending the last twenty of those on Mercer Island. I continue to feel lucky to be able to combine my love of music with the joy I receive from working with children.
I am active in numerous district and school committees and enjoy working with my peers to improve the education of our students. I participate in several singing groups which perform around the area and enjoy traveling, reading, visiting with friends and family, and gardening. To find out more about my philosophy, please read about our music program at Island Park. Go Island Park Eagles!
National Board Certification (2008)
Master of Education in Educational Technology (City University, 1998)
Bachelor of Arts in Music (University of Washington, 1985)
Whitman College (1980-1982)
Music Specialist at Island Park Elementary in Mercer Island, WA (2006 - present)
Music Specialist at West Mercer Elementary in Mercer Island, WA (2001 - 2006)
Music Specialist at Maplewood Heights Elementary in Renton, WA (1991 - 2001)
High School Choral Director at Hazen High School in Renton, WA (1989 - 1991)
High School Choral Director at Ingraham High School in Seattle, WA (1986 - 1988)