Posted Date: 09/25/2023
Elementary Music Teachers Sam Loney (Ellen Ochoa Elementary - A Community School), Jamie Treseder (Cedar RidgeElementary School), Karen Sullivan (Darnaby Elementary School) and Angela Steinmitz (McAuliffe Elementary - A Community School) recently participated in the workshop “A Child’s Way of Learning: Where there’s Pasion, there’s Retention” in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, September 23.
The workshop was led by Dr. Artie Almeida, where topics included Moving Toward Mastery… in Kid Friendly Ways, Percussion Parade, Focus on Form, and Singing Fun ‘n’ Games. Elementary music teachers learned rhythm, movement, and singing activities from the longtime educator to take back to the classroom. Her joy and enthusiastic energy is contagious among music educators.
Dr. Artie Almeida has 38 years of public-school teaching experience and was the music instructor at Bear Lake Elementary in Orlando FL, where she taught 1200 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for Florida Music Educators Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Music Educators National Conference, Walt Disney World, American Express International, many educational organizations and on the NBC Today Show. For the last 35 years she has traveled to provide elementary music symposia to teachers around the United States, as well as in Canada, Singapore, and Taiwan. Each year she presents workshops for many state music education conferences, Orff chapters, school districts & education organizations. Artie’s accolades include Florida Music Educator of the Year, Runner-Up for Florida Teacher of the Year, Seminole County Teacher of the Year, International Educator 2006 (Cambridge UK Biographical Society), school-level Teacher of the Year six times, and University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie is included in the publications Who’s Who in American Education and Great Minds of the 21st Century. Artie was an adjunct professor of music education at the University of Central Florida for 34 years, the saxophone instructor at Valencia State College, the music and movement instructor at Seminole State College and a saxophone performer & teacher. She also performs early music with Ars Antiqua & the Halifax Consort. Artie’s 31 music education publications celebrate innovative delivery systems for K-5 music instruction. Her themes in teaching are “Heavy Academics: Delivered Joyfully!” and “Where There’s Passion, There’s Retention!”
Ellen Ochoa Elementary