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Elizabeth “Pie” Kasbar (2010) has always had a strong attachment to music. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Vocal Performance. Studying classically provided Pie with a strong foundation in music and nurtured her love of performance. Recently, however, her audience has dwindled to the most important and appreciative of all: her three children. Pie has always suspected the impressive power of music in relation to the development of small children. Becoming familiar with Mar. and her amazing program has proven that hunch over and over. The opportunity to teach Music with Mar. has been a Blessing and Pie enjoys sharing this newfound knowledge with parents and children alike. PieK@musicwithmar.com Pie’s Facebook Page
Christina Chang (2015) discovered amazement and wonder she never dreamed possible with the birth of her ‘miracle’ baby. As a globetrotter, Music with Mar. was one of the discoveries she fell in love with during her pursuit to enhance her daughter’s development. No stranger to being in front of the classroom, as an ESL and Chinese instructor, her focus is now, understandably, child development. Although a former business consultant and scientist, music has always been a big part of her life with piano, chorus and Taiko drumming. Her earnest wish is to share the happiness and joy Music with Mar. has brought to her family. ChristinaC@musicwithmar.com Miss Christina’s Facebook Page
Wendy Lempert (2017) Wendy is the mother of two grown daughters and three grandchildren. She has been teaching in the early childhood field for over 40 years. After moving to Tampa from Cleveland, she taught in a school for gifted children. She is the Judaic Specialist at the Jewish Community Center in Tampa since 1999. In 2009, she won the National Grinspoon Award in Excellence. It is an award given to recognize educators who make a lasting impact on children. She has always used music in her teaching as she respects its value. “I am looking forward to teaching Music with Mar. since her program is so upbeat and creates a positive influence om the lives of young children. WendyL@musicwithmar.com
Becky Sego (2009) Becky has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and is a National Board Certified Teacher. After 14 years teaching music in public school, Becky became a Mom of two beautiful girls. Looking for an option to share her passion of music with kids while staying home, she learned of this wonderful program. Along with being an active private woodwind instructor, adjudicator and leadership clinician, she is very excited to be bringing Music with Mar. to the Orlando area. Her girls are also very happy to make Mr. Froggy a new part of their family!
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Rachel Bateman (2016) has always had a love for teaching from when she was a young girl changing her bedroom into a classroom. She graduated from FSU with a degree in Elem Ed and taught for 13 years. She was home spending time with her favorite student – her son, Asher and went to a Music with Mar. class. Immediately recognizing the developmental and educational value, she decided to become an instructor. Rachel is excited to have the opportunity to combine her love of music and teaching children in the Orlando area.
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Mary Fivecoat (2003) Mary has been a preschool teacher for many years and helped to open and direct a preschool in her church. With children of school age, she was enjoying her new occupation, when along came Kimberly, Music with Mar. classes and a decision to become an instructor herself! Mary feels very lucky and blessed to be able to combine her favorite hobbies, singing and dancing, with her favorite occupation, working with children. Music with Mar. is a great way to enjoy both
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Karen Gliddon (2002) Karen has her bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduated from USF in 1999. She has been a nanny and has her background in early childhood (CDA). Karen has also worked with sign language. In 2002, she became a first time mother and ran classes with Mathew attached and bouncing along. Her family has expanded as has her classes. She teaches in North Pinellas County, FL. Working with children is her passion. KarenG@musicwithmar.com Miss Karen’s Facebook
Tamara Mulholland (2003) Once upon a time, Tamara was enjoying staying at home with her two boys, taking them to playgroups and, of course, Music with Mar.! Her background is a BA in Geography and 5 years in pediatrics. One day Tamara visited the MwM website and noticed they were looking for new instructors and she thought “Wow! I think I can do this!”. What a joy it is to provide an outlet for moms, a learning environment for preschoolers, and not have to work full time. Being a MwM instructor has opened doors in other areas, too. Tamara leads the “cherub choir” at her church and also works a few hours a week at a preschool as a music teacher. Life is great!
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Kathy V (2015) Kathy is a Sarasota/Manatee County native. She’s been married to her husband Mike for thirty three years and has two grown sons. Her passion for working with children and families began twenty seven years ago after attending a parenting class with her newborn son. The class made such an impact on her life that after her sons were in school she herself went back to school and got her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She’s been working with children and families ever since! Kathy works as a parent educator and preschool teacher at First Presbyterian Preschool. She always has a song in her heart so adding teaching Music with Mar. to her life was a natural addition to her life. “I’m very excited to start teach Music with Mar> classes at First Pres. pre-school this year!” KathyV@musicwithmar.com
Loly Stacey (2015) As soon as your kids are born, your priorities change and from that moment on you will always seek out what is best for them. Loly and her family lived in Austin, Texas for almost 10 years and loved going to Music with Mar. When she and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area Loly tried to find Music with Mar. classes to attend and realized, they did not offer them in California. Two years later, still thinking about the class and all the value it brings to a community, she decided to bring this educational, fun, affordable and flexible class to California. Her two children are a little older now, but Music with Mar. was a foundational block for their development and education at an early age. That confirms the impact the class makes on kids. Now they insist on being her little helpers. Loly is very excited about opening the class in the Bay Area!
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Jennifer Endecott (2016) Teaching has been an important part of my life for 12+ years. I am a Nat’l Board Certified Elementary School Teacher with a reading endorsement and have my Masters in Education Administration from Western Washington University. Incorporating the arts in to my classroom has always been a passion. I took a leave of absence from the classroom to be a stay-at-home mom and discovered Music with Mar. “I was looking for an opportunity to expose my children to music knowing it would help their growth into confident learners and increase their language development. I was immediately impressed with the link between music and literacy and knew we were hooked. Two years later, I found out we were moving and became excited to bring Music with Mar. classes with us as we embarked on our new adventure to Lemoore, CA.
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Annmarie Stasica (2014) When moving to Colorado, Annmarie wanted to bring the program with her. Not only did Annmarie attend classes, she also worked in the office as administrative assistant and has been a part of Music with Mar. since 1999. She fell in love with the program when her daughter was 10 months old. She has a background in early childhood (CDA) and worked 10 years at the Deaf Literacy Ctr teaching sign language to parents and children, both hearing and deaf. Annmarie has a passion for working with children.
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Stephanie Martin (2013) Has a Bachelors degree in Music Education, Masters in Education and taught elementary music for Pre-K – 6th grade for six years. After having her daughter, Elise, she felt it was important to be at home with her. She found a Music with Mar. program and was hooked! “My daughter loved it and I loved that it taught practical information through fun and engaging music. I enjoy the positive atmosphere it creates, the bonding it provides parents and their kids, along with the affordable rate.” Four years later, still attending classes with Elise, Nathan, and baby #3 in the womb, she decided this was the perfect time to become an instructor. She’s excited to share her passion for teaching and bring the joy and fun to families through Music with Mar. program. StephanieM@musicwithmar.com Miss Stephanie’s Facebook
Jennifer Laverentz (2013) Jen is a stay at home mom with her three little boys playing trains and Star Wars. Before her boys, she worked as a communications and development director for a non-profit organization. She earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History at the University of Missouri and a Masters in Public History from Middle Tennessee State. She loves Music with Mar. because it encourages moms to step away from their ‘to-do’ list and have fun with their children. In addition to Music with Mar. , Jen teaches Sunday School and leads a mom’s discipleship group. JenniferL@musicwithmar.com
Deb Ingram (2009) Debbie experienced the effects Mr. Froggy and the Music with Mar. program played in her children’s development while attending classes. She loved the classes so much, she wanted to offer this unique music/education program to families where she lived–Independence. Becoming a teacher/educator through Music with Mar. is something that speaks to her heart. She feels it is an avenue where she can apply her early childhood education, kindergarten teaching experience, and choir training. She believes in a musical approach to learning and naturally used song and dance in her kindergarten classroom to motivate and engage the children and feels that the power of music aided in their learning more than using any other media. Since she has been a stay-at-home mom, she has continued with that philosophy raising her own two children. She sings and dances her way through every day and is very excited to share this wonderful program to guide children’s social, emotional, creative and musical abilities and to offer priceless bonding time with families and friends. DeborahI@musicwithmar.com Miss Debbie’s Facebook
Valerie Adams (2017) Valerie lives in Kansas City with her husband and three girls. She has a Bacherlors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education. She taught 2nd grade for 7 years until she left teaching to be a stay at home mom. She discovered Music with Mar. when took her oldest child to class and immediately fell in love with the program. Valerie is excited to have the opportunity to combine her passion of teaching and music as a Music with Mar. Instructor.
Laurie Josey (2010) Laurie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught elementary as well as middle school aged children in public schools for 11 years before becoming a stay at home mom after having her second child. She’s originally from Western, NY (the Buffalo area) and was there visiting family when she attended her first Music with Mar. class with her two children who were 1 and 4 at the time. She was overjoyed to find an entertaining & educational class that was appropriate for both of her children, despite their age difference. After returning from her visit, she searched for a program in her current hometown and was disappointed nothing compared to her experience with MwM. She decided she wanted to bring MwM to her area so other families could have the opportunity to bring their children to a class that would offer such a dynamic integration of music and learning. LaurieJ@musicwithmar.com Miss Laurie’s Facebook
Katie Webster (2002) Instructor Conductor. Katie enjoyed her Music with Mar. classes so much, she wanted to become an instructor. Katie is a teacher with three children. She has taught music and computers. Katiem@musicwithmar.com Miss Katie’s Facebook
Sarah Khuu (2008) Sarah Khuu has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has taught many years of piano and clarinet lessons, as well as pre-school and elementary school. In 2003, she moved to Buffalo, NY from Minnesota and first encountered Music with Mar. classes with her young daughter. Soon she began subbing for area teachers and then becames a fully licensed Music with Mar. teacher. “Teaching is my passion, and my children love going to class as much as I do!”
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Anita Herr (2003) Anita enjoyed Julie’s classes so much and was so impressed by the obvious developmental benefits to the children, she started training with Julie to start her own classes. Anita has a BS in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities. After teaching for 14 years, Anita stayed at home when her first child was born in 2001. Being a MwM instructor allows her the joy of staying home with her daughter and son while continuing her love of teaching, all at the same time! Anita’s classes are in the Tonawanda area, north of Buffalo. AnitaH@musicwithmar.com
Bridget Pacholec (2008) Bridget Pacholec is a mom of four boys. She has been teaching dance for 17 years. She started attending Music with Mar. when son number four arrived and instantly fell in love with the program. She is excited to take the reigns over in East Aurora and looking forward to starting in West Seneca in the fall.
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Melissa Sacco (2009) Once Melissa got her Bachelor’s Degree from Medaille College in 2006, she decided to start a family and be a stay-at-home mother. After participating in Music with Mar. classes with her two youngest children for over a year, she was inspired to join the MwM team herself. When she saw what a positive impact the classes had in her own life she couldn’t help but want to take a more active role with her children and others in her community. MelissaS@musicwithmar.com
Julie Damian (2017) Music with Mar. has been special to my family for the past five years. My own boys have enjoyed singing, dancing, learning and growing with Mr. Froggy and friends. Now, it is my turn to share the program with your family as an instructor. Music has been an important part of my life as I sang in choir throughout my school years. As a teacher of K – HS, I used music in the classroom to teach vital academic and social skills. I look forward to meeting your family and helping them grow through music and fun! JulieD@musicwithmar.com Julie’s Facebook Page
Laura Sanborn (2014), graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. As a pediatric occupational therapist she understands the importance of empowering an individual, regardless of age or ability, in becoming independent. Laura lives in Sarasota, Florida with her supportive husband, Danny, and their beautiful son, Chase. Laura decided one of her main life occupations is being a mother so she stays home with Chase. After encouragement from her brother to attend one of Ms. Karen’s Music with Mar. classes, Laura left the class determined to bring this program closer to her own community and most importantly to her son. Music with Mar. classes teach to the whole child using music. Laura’s love for singing and children, along with her professional background, make her a perfect fit in the Music with Mar. family. LauraS@musicwithmar.com
Aya Masuda (2017) has a bachelor’s degree in English to teach Middle / High School, and is certied to teach English to Elementary School Children in Japan. When she moved to Buffalo from Japan, she experienced a mind-blowing experience – Music with Mar.! Soon, she realized her daughter’s development in language ability as well as social skills and fell in love with the program. She wishes to bring the Music with Mar. program to families in Japan in the future. “As a mom, I really enjoyed MwM and had so much fun discovering my child’s development in language, motor, social, and cognitive skills every single time. I am so excited to teach because this is the program that children who have bottomless possibilities can naturally acquire many aspects of English and other skills just by following the beat. But, most of all, it’s FUN!!” AyaM@musicwithmar.com
Mirzat Nurshat (2012) Mirzat is our first instructor in Beijing. “I’m happy to be a Music with Mar. instructor because I love children. Wherever there is a child, there is happiness, love, hope, everything. It was my dream to work with children. I’ve been looking for a program that can offer me a chance to actually work and have fun with children. Here it is, Music with Mar. I love music, singing, dancing, listening, and even creating music. It is one of the most important things in my life. Moving to the beat, clapping to the rhythm, showing the music with body movement, all are included in Music with Mar. program. It is the perfect program for me.” MirzatN@musicwithmar.com