Kathryn Finch is currently a K-5 general music teacher at Meadowbrook School in Northbrook, IL. Kathryn is a co-creator of the #BlairFinchProject, certified in all 3 levels of Orff Schulwerk, an Apple Teacher, and serves as a technology leader in her school district. Kathryn has been a guest on the Music Ed Mentor Podcast on empowering music students. She enjoys sharing her passion for empowering students in the general music classroom by presenting at the local, state, and international levels.
Kathryn recently joined the team at Activate! Magazine as a contributing author of general music lesson plans. A recently published work, Creating Adaptive Instruments with a Makey Makey can be found in the Fall 2019 issue of the Illinois Music Educator Journal. Kathryn is the co-author of Pass the Baton: Empowering Students in the Music Room, Full STEAM Ahead and Everyone Loves a Story, all set to release in the summer and fall of 2020.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College and a master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music. When not teaching you can find Kathryn reading, taking the dogs for longs walks, carting children to and from their activities, or spending time with family and friends. You can read about Kathryn’s professional journey at ponderingsfromafinch.com. Follow her on Twitter: @Singingfinch1
Theresa Hoover Ducassoux
Theresa Hoover Ducassoux is a music educator, speaker, and writer. She is an advocate for student voice in the music room and helps teachers empower students throughout their musical experiences by transforming their classrooms into student-centered learning environments.
Currently, Theresa teaches middle school band at a newly opened school in Northern Virginia. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2016, she taught instrumental, general, and vocal music in a variety of settings in Pennsylvania for 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in wind conducting from West Chester University, both in Pennsylvania.
Theresa is a recognized presenter and clinician at local, regional, and national level conferences including the International Music Education Summit, the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, and several state music education conferences. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and was selected as a member of the Google Certified Innovator program, participating in the London 2019 cohort.
In addition to her school teaching, Theresa served as the founding director of the Chester County Youth Wind Ensemble and is currently on staff of the Virginia Winds Academy. She has also been the guest conductor for several elementary and middle school ensembles in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Theresa’s writing has been featured on websites including the NAfME Music in a Minuet blog, EdTechTeam, Band Directors Talk Shop, and We Are Teachers, as well as on her own blog, Off the Beaten Path: A Music Teacher’s Journey. Theresa is also the co-author of Pass the Baton: Empowering Students in the Music Room, set to release in the summer of 2020.
When not teaching, you can find Theresa curled up with a good book, on the running trail, traveling to visit family and friends, or spending time with her dog Dizzy.