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Hi I'm Margaret

I'm a musician, music educator and choral director. I'm a yoga teacher, mentor and trainer. I'm a wife and mom. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Vermont, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. From a young age, I felt included in my congregation and was blessed with opportunities to play music and give service through church. My church leaders also trusted me as a teen to organize musical events and festivals that helped me grow spiritually and influenced my professional path. As I sought opportunities to collaborate musically with other faiths, my interest in music performance and worship traditions grew. While in high school, I had an internship teaching elementary music that formed much of what my teaching philosophy is today. I went on to attend a Christian college and earn a degree in music with an emphasis in piano. My music degree also includes studies in music ministry and Biblical Studies. Aside from my initial internship, my approach to music education is shaped by a diverse range of educational and training experiences including a certification through the Organization of American Kodály Educators with a specialization in children’s choir development. I often fuse vocal warm-ups with yoga to open and relax both mind and body, helping students become grounded and gain confidence. I am currently an elementary music educator and middle school choral director. I also teach yoga, train teachers and have a passion for mentoring. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our baby - playing music, hiking, going to museums and concerts.

Why I am a Mormon

I love learning, celebrating and collaborating with my dear friends and colleagues from various religious backgrounds, faiths and spiritual practices. Although I draw strength and inspiration from a wide range of philosophies and schools of thought, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is my home church and spiritual family. Ancient scriptures, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, provide me with spiritual insight and daily inspiration. Continued modern revelation from our Prophet, Apostles and other church leaders have been significant and timely throughout my life. I feel blessed to believe in a faith of inclusion, love, service and joy. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving those around me with love. I especially try to inspire my students to cultivate and value the divine within themselves, find joy in the learning process, and treat others with loving kindness. My husband and I live our faith by helping and serving our immediate and extended families. During grad school, we took on the joint role of primary care-givers for a family member who was battling a debilitating chronic illness. Through this experience, we increased in our understanding of God's love and Christ's atoning sacrifice. Aside from helping family members, we also enjoy lending a helping hand and volunteering throughout our neighborhood and the greater community by participating in a range of opportunities from natural disaster relief to caroling in nursing homes. I have had the blessing to serve as a full-time missionary in South America and I treasure my experiences there. Throughout my adult life, I have served in several capacities within the women's organization of the church, the missionary program and with the youth. Most recently, my husband and I have become parents. We never knew how profound love could be! It's amazing to think that Heavenly Father could love each one of us as deeply as we love our sweet baby. We feel extremely fortunate and blessed to by parents. I am open to where life's journey will take me and continuing to smile along the way.