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Celebrating Career Tech Education September Career of the Month September is School Attendance Awareness Month The Firebirds Opened the 2017 Football Season with the Traditional Fairmont vs. Alter Game The 2017-18 Marching Firebirds are 271-Musicians Strong! We are currently enrolling new students for the 2017-18 School year. Please call 937-499-1700. Kettering Fairmont High School We are the FIREBIRDS! The Fairmont Marching Firebirds are 280-Students Strong! Turf Field at Roush Stadium, Home of the Firebirds Fairmont's USB Donated $10,000 to the Kettering Veteran's and Inventors Walk and Attended the Park's Dedication Firebird Football Kettering Bus Drivers Log more than 600,000 Route Miles a Year Kettering has Once Again Been Named a 'Best Communities for Music Education' Fairmont Park, Home of Firebird Soccer, Field Hockey and Lacrosse Indian Riffle's Firebird Chorus Sings "God Bless America" at the Dedication of the Veteran's and Inventors Walk at Delco Park A Kettering Teacher Works One-on-One with her Student Veteran's Day Program 2016 at Oakview Elementary School
Celebrating Career Tech Education September Career of the Month September is School Attendance Awareness Month The Firebirds Opened the 2017 Football Season with the Traditional Fairmont vs. Alter Game The 2017-18 Marching Firebirds are 271-Musicians Strong! We are currently enrolling new students for the 2017-18 School year. Please call 937-499-1700. Kettering Fairmont High School We are the FIREBIRDS! The Fairmont Marching Firebirds are 280-Students Strong! Turf Field at Roush Stadium, Home of the Firebirds Fairmont's USB Donated $10,000 to the Kettering Veteran's and Inventors Walk and Attended the Park's Dedication Firebird Football Kettering Bus Drivers Log more than 600,000 Route Miles a Year Kettering has Once Again Been Named a 'Best Communities for Music Education' Fairmont Park, Home of Firebird Soccer, Field Hockey and Lacrosse Indian Riffle's Firebird Chorus Sings "God Bless America" at the Dedication of the Veteran's and Inventors Walk at Delco Park A Kettering Teacher Works One-on-One with her Student Veteran's Day Program 2016 at Oakview Elementary School
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Hi everyone.  I grew up in Boston Massachusetts in a musical family.  My mother was a church pianist and organist and my father first made his living as a chemist and later worked his way up leadership positions with the Mead Corporation.  I started piano at a young age and started into the viola in 4th grade through my school orchestra program.  My teachers, Mr. Bassett and Ms. Marden influenced me greatly.  I moved to Chillicothe Ohio when I was in 8th grade and continued in music.  I enjoyed sports more than music in those days and played Baseball and Basketball.  A bout with Mono in HS wrecked a season of basketball for me and pushed me heavily into music.  After that, I was involved in as much music as I could find.  I played in Orchestra, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Show Choir while at Chillicothe High School.  I started learning as many instruments as I could, from percussion to guitar, bass, violin, cello and anything with strings I could get a hold of.  After graduating from high school my family moved to the Dayton area and I started at Miami University as a business Major.  After two years in business I was ready to leave attempt a life as a performing musician somewhere.  I had been performing with some friends regionally and loving it. My parents convinced me to audition for Miami's Music Department and I was accepted.  A career in the classroom started to look more realistic. After completing a Bachelor of music degree and a year of graduate school I started my first teaching job with orchestra in the Fairborn City Schools.  It was a wonderful time.  I worked for 12 years in Fairborn when I ran into my fraternity brother and Fairmont Band director in Meijer and he let me know Kettering had a recent Orchestra Position open up.  I moved into Kettering years earlier to get my kids in this wonderful district.  I was so fortunate to land here in Kettering and worked with the most wonderful staff, students, and community I could ever imagine. I finished my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Wright State University. I have been married to my "Miami Merger" and best friend Julie for 23 years.  She is a talented social worker and counselor who does heroic work with kids with some significant needs.  I have three amazing kids, Joseph, 23, a computer engineer. who plays cellos and sings beautifully, Christine, a junior at Wright State University majoring in Education.  She is a viola playing, singing, field hockey playing joy.  Our youngest, Elizabeth, is 15 years old and is a 10th grade violinist at Fairmont High School. My free time is spent doing music.  I played for 15 years in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and helped in some of their educational programs.  I have been a church musician my whole life and currently work at Peace Lutheran Church in Beavercreek Ohio on the weekends.  I love my job, the Kettering Community, and the Kettering City Schools!  

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