Music/Movement and Performing Arts



The focus of the Music & Movement / Performing Arts Program is joyful self-expression. I engage students with instruments, song, dance, and theater games. Students learn proper singing technique, the basics of music theory, how to play and care for instruments, as well as how to work as an ensemble. I provide diverse opportunities for students to perform and share their talents. My hope is that the arts create a space for students to explore new passions outside of the academic classroom and feel valued.


Choral singing, percussion instruments, recorders, ukuleles, drama, dance

Special Events:

Advent Concert 
Middle School Musical
Talent Show
"The child is in me still and sometimes not so still." -Fred Rogers

I discovered my love for performing when I was cast in Beauty and the Beast, my middle school musical here at Our Lady of the Lake (class of 2001). I continued to pursue my passion for theater and singing during my time at Bishop Blanchet and the University of Portland, though I earned my undergraduate degree in English and German. I have spent my entire career working with children and youth in schools, camps, and dance studios, and I earned my Masters in Teaching before returning home to OLL. I have 2 wild boys (3 if you count my husband), a rambunctious cat named Liza, and I am a Fred Rogers super-fan. I am influenced daily by Mr. Rogers’ tremendous work in childhood development, and I do my best to infuse his message into each one of my classes: “Every human being has value.” Outside of school I love doing ballet, watching basketball and belting out karaoke.