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My self-summary
I am a music educator who is still actively performing. I have a huge affinity for the Arts. I spend my time teaching band and color guard or dancing and performing. I am well educated and like to think that I am smart, yet I find out every day that I have more to learn which is exciting. I think the day I stop learning will be the day I die--metaphorically or literally. I have a cat without whom I cannot live. I am very aware of the acute definitions and nuances of words so i often stumble over my words trying to find the correct word to color my language. Even worse, I stare blankly at people who use words not quite correctly because I am unsure which definition they mean. I miss many jokes because of this. Also, because of this, Puns have to be my favorite form of humor. I strive to be Kind in everything I do. the Ben's Bell's movement is among my favorite charities and I want to find ways to raise money for them. I cannot stand negative people or people who complain without creating a plan to fix said complaint. There is so much to talk about... Hopefully that gives you some inspiration.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I teach middle school band & orchestra. I love teaching. I love kids. I love music. I hate my district. That one element really makes everything else hard to love, but I soldier on and make the best of it. I aspire to teach high school band. Marching band is one of my passions, and I think my personality lends itself to teaching that age group better.

I take dance classes to keep myself sane. It's the only thing I do right now with 100% no external pressure. I've been dancing seriously since 2008 when I was introduced to color guard. My one regret in life is that I didn't start dancing sooner. Oh well... so I take my ballet classes with 7-year-old girls and work on my technique and set a good example for the young performers.

I am a professional clarinet player. Most of my work is freelance and private lessons. After college, I found myself extremely burnt out on playing, but have slowly rekindled my love for my clarinet. Now it's something I can't go very long without playing--it's a great feeling.

Eventually, I want to go to grad school and get a degree in either Music Ed or Conducting. There will be some serious clarinet study going on as well.

After that I want to move to Italy and teach there for a year--probably english. Then I will come back to the states and start building a great high school band program.
I’m really good at
Music. Teaching. Math. Design. Horseback riding. Working with animals. Lists. Irony. Puns.
The first things people usually notice about me
Many people have told me throughout my life that I am very intense. It's true. I am very driven about whatever it is I am doing or care about. One person told me that he thought I wanted to kill him--no joke! I don't want to kill anyone. (The irony was that I had the hugest crush on him.) However, I am extremely kind, and I am willing to entertain at least polite conversation with anyone. Everyone gets a chance. :)

Physically, most people notice my eyes and my hair. I keep my hair different and on the radical side. One friend told me that every time he saw me my hair was in a different decade--that's how much I change my hair style.

I'm also pretty energetic. I get excited. Everything is a big deal. I'm optimistic.
Six things I could never do without
1 - Music--specifically my clarinet
B - Colorguard/Dance
iii - My cat
$ - Meat
star - Nature
110 - creative thinking
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. My brain never stops. I actually hate it. I re-run and analyze every situation that goes on in my life. When I'm not hyper-analyzing my life, I am thinking about color guard, dance, music, or lesson plans.
On a typical Friday night I am
One of two things happens on a Friday:

1) I am home alone watching tv or movies or practicing.
2) I am out with friends dancing at a club.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a huge problem understanding sarcasm. Many times, I will smile or laugh because I know it's supposed to be funny. My problem isn't that I don't get the joke (although that does happen often). It's that I can come up with 4-6 different ways it could be funny and don't know which one to laugh at. Yeah... it's dumb. I just don't like making mistakes--even if it is something as simple as laughing at a joke for the wrong reason. I'm working on it. #winner #sarcasm #inappropriateuseofhashtags.
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