Rhythm Stick activity with Kindergarten
ANGELA KELTON has worked for the Mehlville School District (St. Louis, MO) as a traveling K-5 general music teacher for the past 10 years. She typically travels between 3-4 schools during any given year and has worked at 7 of the 10 elementary schools in her district at one time or another.
“Due to high enrollment in my current district, I have served as a traveling teacher for the past ten years. In this position I have had the opportunity to hone my skills at flexibility, adaptability, and collaboration as I’ve worked with the students, staff, and administration in seven different elementary buildings. I maintain a flexible schedule to meet the needs of each building and adapt to the routines and expectations set forth by each administrator I report to. I regularly collaborate with the other music teacher at each building which has included coordinating lessons and units of instruction, planning field trips and special events, and selection of materials for concerts. I regularly lead or co-lead grade-level concerts and have been involved with coordinating paperwork for the district’s Elementary Honor Choir for the past nine years. I have experience with RTI, PBIS, Kagan strategies, and character education initiatives. I have also served on the district elementary music curriculum writing committee which was tasked with writing learning targets and rubrics for all standards grades K-5.”
As a traveling teacher, Angela has been exposed to a multitude of student populations, including those that have a great deal of socioeconomic and cultural diversity. She has learned to adapt her teaching in environments that have included both special needs and ELL students. Angela structures whole group, small group, and individual instruction (when appropriate) to accommodate different academic levels and learning styles.
Mrs. Kelton graduated Summa Cum Laude and an Honors Program Scholar from Illinois State University in 2005. She was awarded a Bachelors in Music Education (BME), and holds Level I Orff Certification. Angela regularly attends local Orff chapter workshops and has sought out professional development opportunities at both National American Orff-Schulwerk Association conferences and Missouri Music Educator’s conferences in recent years. She is currently working on a Masters in Educational Technology (MET) at Webster University in St. Louis.
“Technology is a true passion of mine. I love integrating it into my lessons from both an organizational standpoint and as a tool for engagement. The Masters in Educational Technology program at Webster has introduced me to several new Web 2.0 technologies and has strengthened my understanding of video-making, graphic design, and web design for educational purposes.”
- Creative Lesson Planning
- Classroom Management
- Schedule Management
- Curriculum Development
- Experiential Learning
- Community Outreach
- Orff instruments
- Concerts, Performances, & Informances (Building & District Level)
- Connecting Music to Dance, Drama, Fine Arts, and Physical Education
- Connecting Music to Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science
- Field Trip Organization
- SmartBoard & Smart Notebook
- Document Camera
- Google Apps (Docs, Sheets)
- iPad apps (iDoceo, Notion, iMovie, Pinnacle Pro, Voice Record, Aurasma, Plickers)
- Web & Graphic Design (WordPress, PhotoShop, Gimp)
- Video Making (PowToon)
- Pre & Post-Tests
- Formative & Summative Assessment
- Performance-Based Assessment
My Daughter and I on her First Day of Kindergarten
On a Personal Note…
In her free time, Angela enjoys reading, listening to music, web & graphic design, crafting, and spending time with her family. She is happily married, has a 5-year-old daughter, and two cats.