Please complete this year’s RMC Board Officers poll by the start of the May Chapter Share, May 9 2020.
Get to know your Officer Candidates!
I have been teaching for 8 years. I am currently teaching at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs. I became a member of the chapter in 2011. I ran the boutique for 3 years with Cate Stezpek. During that time, we reorganized the boutique and created an inventory of all the items in the boutique. I also helped get the items in the boutique to the Salt Lake City Chapter so they could sell our items at the National Conference. During my last year running the boutique, I became a member at large on the board. I have served for two years as Vice President of our chapter. I have made sure that our clinicians are booked out two years in advance so that we can get the best clinicians possible. I have also worked very closely with Joe, the rest of the board, workshop hosts, and clinicians to make sure things run smoothly for workshops. I would love to continue on as president so that I can continue working with the clinicians that I booked and to keep a steady and strong board.
Chris has over a decade of experience teaching in Denver-area high poverty schools. He graduated with his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in 2005. He completed his Level III Orff Certification at UNC in 2014. In 2017, Chris received his Master of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Chris presented a session at CMEA titled “Playground Songs: Essential Questions and Rigor for English Language Learners” in 2016. He has served as the specials team lead at his school for the past five years. Chris supported RMC-AOSA by volunteering at the AOSA conference in Denver. He served on the RMC board as a member-at-large during the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to the AOSA conference in Denver, Chris attended the conference in St. Louis and in Salt Lake City. Chris believes that the Orff-Schulwërk process develops students into creative, critical thinking, and expressive musicians. Key to the Schulwërk, is the myriad of opportunities for music educators to come together in workshops, trainings, and conferences. When we gather as an ensemble of educators, we gain ideas, collaborate as colleagues, share classroom experiences, and grow in our practice. This results in varied, fun, and authentic musical learning for our students. RMC-AOSA has one of the strongest and most vibrant chapters in the nation. We need to continue the tradition of excellence that we have cultivated. We need to continue the critical work of expanding our membership and attendance at workshops. Chris believes that his success as a music educator is strongly tied to RMC-AOSA. He will work as Vice President to ensure that our chapter continues to maintain its critical place in the Front Range music education community.
Jared Conn has been teaching for 7 years and currently teaches at Lyons Elementary in Lyons, Colorado. He has been a member of the Wyoming, Rocky Mountain West, and Four Corners Orff Chapters and became a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter in 2016. He has been a member-at-large for three years, working closely with our board, workshop hosts, and clinicians to make sure everything runs smoothly. During that time, he has become our social media coordinator, sending out information on our upcoming workshops and creating a community to collaborate online. He has also created our Chapter Survey to get our members’ feedback and improve upon our current practices. Becoming vice president would mean continuing working with our fabulous clinicians, maintaining our chapter of excellence, collaborating with our colleagues in Kodaly and Dalcroze, and bridging the gap between elementary and secondary.
Mandy May Loberger is in her 12th year of teaching, 5 in Arizona and 7 in Colorado. She is currently teaching Kindergarten – 5th grade at Peck and Stott Elementary schools, in the Jeffco School District. Being an active Orff member since 2013, she has served on the board for 4 years as a member at large. Developed culturally through studies in Wisconsin, New York, and Germany; Mandy brings diversity to the chapter. She has completed level 2 and will complete her orff training upon acceptance for her masters. An advocate for the arts, she participates in district meetings that help shape the future of music education in the Jeffco School District.
During her services as a member at large she has had opportunities to form connections and build relationships with presenters, and is dedicated to bringing quality presenters to the RMC. Mandy enjoys walking and camping with her two Oldenglish Sheep Dogs and her husband Cory.
“Tara has been teaching for 12 years in general, instrumental and choral music. Currently serving as a music and movement teacher at Graland Country Day School, the Orff approach plays a central role in her preschool, preK and kindergarten classes. As one of four music teachers at her school, she helps other music teachers in her building learn how to incorporate Orff in their general music classes and has also brought them to RMC mini-conference. Currently studying in a Master’s of Music Education program, Tara is focusing on integration, collaboration, and student agency – specifically, how the Orff approach lends itself to these integration and agency opportunities. Tara has been an active member of the RMC-AOSA chapter this year. She has worked with her school to be a host site for 2020 summer mini-conference as well as the September 2020 workshop. Additionally, Tara is also a member of the RMC College Outreach Committee and attended the national conference in November. She frequently utilizes chapter resources such as the library and Chinese drums, and supports the scholarship fund by often purchasing resources at workshops. If elected to the position of Secretary, her goals are to help the chapter stay organized, present ourselves professionally at chapter functions with presenters and in the greater AOSA community, and grow our membership. Also, if elected she would like to stay with the board over time and potentially serve the chapter in other board positions. Previous board experience includes serving as President of ONU OCMEA. Personal strengths that would aid in a position of secretary are organization, being a detailed planner and leading problem-solving within a team.”
Being in love with music her entire life, Neal received her BSED in Music in 1996, at Montana State University Billings. From there she taught from home and her beautiful family. Neal returned to teaching part-time in 2012 and full-time at Federal Heights Elementary in Adams 12 in 2018. Neal admits she won the induction mentor golden ticket with Judy Sapegin. Sapegin introduced the Orff Schulwerk process to Neal and encouraged her to apply for a scholarship for her first year AOSA and Rocky Mountain Chapter dues. She also became a scholarship recipient and achieved her Level One July 2019. This gave Neal the vision and tools needed to grow and become a lifelong learner with her students. This also solidified her passion for the Orff Schulwerk process. On a more personal note to the board. I would like to first thank you personally for all of the support you have given me as a new teacher. When Todd Sargent approached me regarding the open position for secretary. My first thought was that this would be a wonderful way for me to give back and learn more. I very much appreciate being considered for this opportunity.