After working in the Ithaca City School District and the New York City Department of Education, I am deeply humbled to be a part of the staff at New Roots. What we do within schools should, in my opinion, reflect what goes on outside of schools. My interests in teaching center around social justice and relevant music-making practices. Participating in the music program at New Roots, students will develop their creative voice by engaging in relevant music making practices, and be guided on a path to life-long music making. My students will learn from and engage with the extremely rich musical community in and around Ithaca. My goal is to create and continually refine a music program at New Roots that looks towards the next 50 years of music and positions students as the leaders of this vision.