I've been the attendee of so many professional development workshops, seminars and conferences. A handful were specific to music education, another handful were partially relevant to the elementary classroom setting (the setting I was teaching in at those times) but the majority didn't pertain to me, my field and my specialty almost at all. It made me feel ignored, under appreciated and disposable.
I left the elementary classroom in the summer of 2010, changed the company name from Miss Scherling Sings the Hits (because that's who I was and that's what I was doing) to Music Monkey Jungle (an extension of the song Little Music Monkeys) and pieced together teaching and performing into a full time job. While playing a camp gig in the summer of 2011, I was informed about the PQAS (Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System) PD Certification. I decided to go forth in earning the certification because I just knew that, because of my own experiences, I had something to share.
Fast forward to 2018 and I'm so happy to say the professional development opportunities I am asked to give are some of the greatest experiences I have. Connecting with fellow educators, through music, movement, building and friendship is what it's all about and I'd love to have the opportunity to work with you and your colleagues.