Make New Friends

I can remember singing the round “Make New Friends” as a kid. However, I never really understood the meaning of the lyrics “one is silver and the other gold”. It has only been with time that I have learned the true value of new friends and old friends. As the State Teacher of the Year, I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunities to “make new friends” while furthering my relationships with “old friends”.

On August 21, 2015, I had the chance to meet many dedicated and knowledgeable educators at the meeting for the Northshore Reading Council. I was especially interested in hearing about their Young Authors competition where the winners will have their work published in a book. What an amazing accomplishment! They also have many opportunities for professional development in the year ahead. As I love to integrate children’s literature into my music lessons, I am eagerly looking forward to taking part in these activities.

Along with representatives from the St. Tammany Parish School District, I met with the members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) on August 24, 2015. It was an extremely productive meeting where we discussed the means for increasing school participation in the LPO’s educational programs. I was proud to announce that Woodlake Elementary has already registered for the Early Explorers field trip. Last year, the parents and teachers at my school could not stop raving about this experience. They loved how the students were able to see the instruments of the orchestra in stations followed by the opportunity to hear the orchestra perform as an ensemble. This year the Early Explorers field trip will also be integrating math with counting. I can’t wait to hear the field trip reviews from my students! The LPO also has many great programs for older students. To learn more about the LPO’s educational programs, please visit their site:

In each instance, I have made connections that will greatly impact my students’ learning. Without a doubt, “one is silver and the other gold”.

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