Having been musical since she was somewhat woman, Katelyn Zimmer might have appeared destined to show within the topic nevertheless it wasn’t till her third day of scholar instructing that she determined the vocation was for her.
Now at Blackshear Elementary College, Zimmer is in her second 12 months of instructing and her second 12 months at Blackshear.
Zimmer earned a bachelor of music diploma in music schooling from Howard Payne College in Brownwood. She is from the Houston space.
“I met some individuals out right here that had been actually shut buddies they usually really helpful the district as a primary instructing expertise. That they had actually good issues to say about it,” Zimmer stated.
Beginning piano classes at age 5, she stopped and joined the choir. By the point she obtained to center college, Zimmer joined the band and caught with it till she graduated from school.
“I’m a woodwind specialist. My main instrument is clarinet, however I’m skilled in all the woodwinds,” Zimmer stated.
Nobody in her household teaches, however she determined to go for it on her third day of scholar instructing.
“… I all the time knew that I needed to have a profession in music. I simply didn’t actually know what it was. I selected the music schooling diploma as a result of that was what was really helpful. They first put me in an elementary for scholar instructing and I simply felt essentially the most comfy there,” Zimmer stated.
She added that she has loved instructing the roughly 700 prekindergarten by fifth grade college students at Blackshear. Zimmer teaches six to seven courses a day.
“I like it,” Zimmer stated. “The school and stuff listed below are very, very good. Everybody’s open to making an attempt new issues. The youngsters are lovely, particularly the actually, actually little ones. They’ll nonetheless attempt to run up and simply hug me regardless that I inform them no.”
Zimmer stated the district makes use of the Quaver curriculum.
“Generally I do department out and take a look at my very own issues. This week, and truly for the subsequent six weeks, third by fifth graders are engaged on a science of sound mission. It’s from the Quaver curriculum, however I’m making an attempt to show it extra into an extended mission for them,” she stated.
The day of the interview, she had began her first group of scholars on the science of sound.
“… They appear to love it. They’re going to learn the way sound waves work and experimenting with completely different frequencies and amplitudes, making their very own wave types on this system referred to as QSynth after which the final week they’re going to do displays on the issues that they’ve discovered by these 5 weeks,” Zimmer stated.
With the younger kids, Zimmer stated she teaches them the basics like retaining a gentle beat.
Older kids study correct taking part in strategies.
“… (With) the older children, I attempt to focus extra on that is the way you correctly sing, that is the way you correctly play these kind of devices,” Zimmer stated.
She’s going to attempt to educate ukulele this 12 months, one thing she’s by no means executed earlier than, and “attempt to focus extra on correct singing to get them prepared for music in center college.”
Due to COVID, Zimmer has been taking her music cart across the college to the scholars and he or she has a wide range of devices corresponding to Tubano drums and Orffs. She additionally makes use of Boomwhackers, multi-colored sticks that sound like a sure word. The whole lot besides the guitar that was left behind.
Boomwhackers are actually good for getting children studying music. Every colour is sort of a completely different word. One thing that the youngsters actually, actually love once they hit the ground.
“They’re actually, actually good for getting them to start out studying music,” Zimmer stated.
Director of Effective Arts Aaron Hawley stated Zimmer has been one of many district’s superstars, “… incorporating know-how in music classes this 12 months.”
“The opposite music specialists usually depend on her information and experience. We’re very lucky to have her in ECSID,” Hawley stated.
When she’s not instructing, Zimmer has discovered a brand new interest — taking part in disc golf. The PE coach at Blackshear obtained her into it.
“I’ve executed one full match,” Zimmer stated. “Proper now, I’m doing a league for 5 weeks. We simply did our second week. I signed up for a match in February and March. There’s a girls’s match I need to go to in April in Abilene … I need to go to at least one a month.”
She practices after college in several spots nearly day-after-day.
“It’s very enjoyable,” Zimmer stated.
She places her contact info on every disc.