Posts Tagged ‘Kaitlin Young’

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Maine Calling

June 7, 2018

Today at 1:00

Today’s Maine Calling topic on Maine public radio at 1:00 will be Arts Education. You can listen live at THIS LINK. Guests will be Maine’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Kaitlin Young, MAAE Executive Director Susan Potter, and Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education  Argy Nestor. I understand we may have a student join us as well. Jennifer Rooks will be hosting today’s show. Always informative, interesting, and thought provoking, hopefully you can listen in and consider calling in to the show.

May 31, 2018 Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, Julie Richard and Argy were on WERU Maine Arts Alive with Michael Donahue. You can access the ARCHIVE if you’d like to listen.

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MALI Teacher Leader Story: Kaitlin Young

June 5, 2018

Music Educator

This is one of several blog posts in 2018 that include stories of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Phase 7 Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders. This series includes a set of questions so you can learn a little bit about each leader. CLICK HERE  for more information on MALI. CLICK HERE  for more information on the 93 Teacher Leaders and 8 Teaching Artist Leaders.  CLICK HERE  for Arts education resources. CLICK HERE  for the MALI Resource Bank. Search in the “search archives” box on the bottom right side of this post for past teacher leader stories. Thank you Kaitlin for sharing your story!

Kaitlin Young has taught music within the RSU 68 school district in Dover-Foxcroft, Me. for the last eight years. Currently she teaches music to students in prekindergarten through fourth grade at SeDoMoCha Elementary School. She is also the choral director of the SeDoMoCha Singers at SeDoMoCha Middle School. Kaitlin is the 2017 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year, and the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year.

What do you like best about being a music educator?

Music is pretty cool. I love that I have the unique pleasure of providing experiences for my students that are at times indescribable through words. I love to watch their faces when they hear something they have never heard before, or even better hear something they know and love in a new way. Moments when they laugh uncontrollably at a silly song, tear up as they connect to a piece of classical music, or beam with pride when they have created something uniquely their own.

I love that I get to share in these experiences that elicit strong emotional connections through music with my students. I love that I get to bring joy through song and movement, and that in my classroom kids get to be kids. Wonder and awe are essential to the human experience.

I love that music education provides students an outlet to express themselves as well as a way to connect to their community both locally and globally. I love that as an educator, regardless of content, what we do is about fostering relationships. I love that I get to build these relationships over several years and experience all of these moments of joy with my students.  We are engaged in this journey together.

What do you believe are three keys to ANY successful visual and performing arts education?

First, always keep an open mind.

No matter what role we hold within a Visual and Performing Arts program, (student, teacher, administrator, community member, etc.) it is essential that we continue to be open to possibilities. Whether it be growth and learning, actively sharing and listening to others ideas, thinking creatively about solving a problem, or simply being willing to try something new. Our ability to capitalize on those unexpected teachable moments will help us continue to engage others within our programs and help them to reflect our communities.

Second, build trusting relationships.

Relationships are the foundation of a strong education, and are essential to the human experience. We learn the most from people we trust and respect. The arts innately foster empathy, connections, and community. As a valued colleague once told me, “the arts bring people together.”

Third, be willing to persist and advocate for what you love!

We must set goals with our students and colleagues and actively pursue them even when the going gets tough. Advocacy is sharing what we love on behalf of those we love. And one of the best ways to advocate is empowering our students to find their voices and advocate for their future.

How have you found assessment to be helpful to you in your classroom?

Assessments are a tool to help us to know where we are, where we are going, and clarify how we might need to get there. Once I grasped the concept that assessments could be informative and diagnostic (which felt much different from when I was in school!) it changed the way I viewed learning the learning process. I love being able to use consistent language to identify the skills necessary to help my students develop and grow into strong musicians. Assessment provides the opportunity to improve feedback and promote positive conversation surrounding learning goals and growth for both students and teachers!

Utilizing assessments to share what students need to know and be able to do to demonstrate their learning has allowed students to take control. Assessment has also helped us to advocate within our school community as we challenge the belief that music education is just for the talented few.

What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the Maine Arts Leadership initiative?

Working with such an inspiring and passionate group of educators brings out the best in everyone! Whether it is the facilitated discussions within professional development sessions, informal conversation surrounding our craft at lunch, or follow up phone calls/zoom meetings with friends I always leave feeling uplifted, supported, and encouraged to challenge myself to grow as a professional.

My growth throughout my teaching career has been supported through various opportunities provided by the work of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (formerly Maine Arts Assessment Initiative) and I continue to look forward to the connections that I will be able to make and the doors that may open through this continued experience.

What are you most proud of in your career?

My kids. It might sound cliche, but my husband and I do not have biological kids (yet…growth mindset!) and I love that I get to share in many special moments with all of them each and every day and over the course of many years!

I take pride in all of the small moments where they accomplish something they didn’t think was possible or when they make a fantastic connection that gives greater purpose and meaning to what they are learning. Over the last year it has brought me great joy to share their thoughts and ideas with others as I have presented at conferences as I advocate on behalf of our profession. I continue to be inspired by their words and I am proud that I get to share their ideas!

Kaitlin at the Hall of Flags in Augusta with the arts teachers honored as the 2018 county teachers of the year. (l to r) Kaitlin, Sagadahoc: Christine Del Rossi, Mt. Ararat High School, Knox: Anthony Lufkin, Friendship Village School, Prescott Memorial School, Union Elementary, and Waldo: David Coffey, Belfast Area High School and Troy Howard Middle School

What gets in the way of being a better teacher or doing a better job as a teacher?

Paperwork, pressure, and misperceptions oh my! While I am a strong advocate for assessment and high quality education I do agree that often times I can get caught up in the administrative aspects of my job. In a time of “evaluation and accountability” there can be intense pressure to justify your worth, or the worth of your program, based on the misperception of what music education is or “should be,” not upon what we know, as professionals, to be best for our students. Music education, and what music classes might look like, continue to evolve. We have, hopefully, moved further away from some of the sit and get or “mouth the words” experiences that others have had. It can be hard to alter or influence the expectations of those who may have had a poor music experience, do not understand, or simply do not value what it is that we do. That can lead to logistical challenges including itinerant or unrealistic schedules, a less than ideal physical work environment (like being on a cart!), or unsupportive administrators and/or communities. However the need to understand and explain (often way more than we would like) the importance of what we are teaching and why we are teaching it sets us up to be some of the most reflective and effective advocates for our students!

Look into your crystal ball: what advice would you give to teachers?

Take the advice that you give to your students each and every day in your classrooms.  Actively listen. Be reflective and patient. Play nice with others. Dream big, think different, work hard, and be kind.

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C. representing Maine as the 2018 Teacher of the Year Kaitlin takes the opportunity to have a conversation with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

I would love to start a scholarship for my students to have the opportunity to travel to explore musical opportunities/experiences beyond our local and state community on a consistent basis. I would also like to take my husband on a road trip across our country, specifically to see all of the National Parks. His affinity and admiration for the beauty that simply exists through nature always inspires me to pause and appreciate the small moments.

Imagine you are 94 years old. You’re looking back. Do you have any regrets?

I wish I would have been more diligent about writing down the small special moments from the classroom during the beginning of my career. Mostly because my memory is not what it used to be, but also because in education it is the small moments that fill up our buckets. That’s what I will look back upon and smile about the most!

Thank you Kaitlin for representing Maine educators as our 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year. 

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Soooo Proud!

May 11, 2018

Great day for Maine Arts Education

Yesterday in Augusta at a Hall of Flags ceremony in the State House the 2018 County Teachers of the Year were announced. Among the group were 3 arts teachers out of 16! How cool is that – 2 visual art teachers and 1 music teacher. The Arts are well represented and we as arts educators have so much to be proud of. There were 350 teachers nominated statewide. Please join me in CONGRATULATING the following arts educators.

Anthony Lufkin

KNOX COUNTY

Anthony Lufkin – elementary visual art educator
Friendship Village School, Prescott Memorial School and Union Elementary

SAGADAHOC COUNTY

Christine Del Rossi – high school visual art educator

Mt. Ararat High School
WALDO COUNTY
David Coffey – high school music educator
Belfast Area High School and Troy Howard Middle School
I’m so proud to know these teachers. All three have taken leadership roles. Anthony has worked closely with MALI teaching artist leader Tim Christensen. David is a MALI Teacher Leader joining the initiative in August 2017. Christine has been on the MAEA board member for several years.

David Coffey with his students at Point Lookout to perform at the Maine Arts Commission Arts and Prosperity report luncheon in February 2018

WABI TV5 was there covering the event which you can view HERE. The 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year, music educator Kaitlin Young, from SeDoMoCha School in Dover Foxcroft was there to to congratulate the educators and is on the TV clip. Kaitlin is a wonderful ambassador for all Maine teachers. Recently she traveled to Washington D.C. to meet the other state Teachers of the Year and for a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House. Thank you Kaitlin for representing all of us! So proud of you!

The rest of the 2018 County Teaches of the Year include:
Androscoggin: Katie Toothaker, Minot Consolidated School
Aroostook: William “Bill” Guerrette, Presque Isle Middle School
Cumberland: Connie Russell, Mabel I. Wilson School
Franklin: Jessica Ellingwood, Spruce Mountain High School
Hancock: Jennifer Farnham, Hancock Grammar School
Kennebec: Katy Jones, Winslow Junior High School
Lincoln: Daniel Hupp, Great Salt Bay Community School
Oxford: Jessica McGreevy, Oxford Hills Middle School
Penobscot: Shana Goodall, Orono High School
Piscataquis: Joseph Hennessey, Piscataquis Community High School
Somerset: Patti Champagne, Bloomfield Elementary
Washington: Kailee Colbeth, Washington Academy
York: Kristin Klin, Bonny Eagle Middle School
One of the 16 county teachers of the year will become the 2019 Maine Teacher of the Year. Wouldn’t it be great if Kaitlin was followed by another visual or performing arts educator?!
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Maine Educator Magazine

April 25, 2018

Kaitlin Young

The 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year Kaitlin Young was highlighted in an article for the Maine Educator Magazine. Kaitlin teaches music at SeDoMoCha School in Dover-Foxcroft. In addition to the article, Kaitlin is also on the cover of the February edition. Kaitlin is a Teacher Leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) and her full MALI story will appear later on this blog later on this spring.

Quotes from the article which you can access HERE.

“Arts education is essential for all students. The arts help you to participate in a larger community and we are fortunate to be able to provide these culturally enriching activities within our school.”

“We are in Dover- Foxcroft—Being Teacher of the Year isn’t about me, but perhaps my ability to be an ambassador for others. I feel honored to be part of this community and to tell others about it gives me great pride,” said Young.”

“It’s totally normal for me to one be silly and to crawl on the oor,” said Kaitlin Young with a smile. Young is the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year and teaches music at SeDeMoCha Elementary and Middle School.”

 

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UMaine Excited

November 16, 2017

2018 Maine Teacher of the Year graduate of UMaine

In the UMaine News, music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Kaitlin Young is interviewed as Maine’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Kaitlin is a 2010 UMaine graduate in Music Education.

Kaitlin said: “I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be named the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year.”

When asked do you hope this award will motivate other musicians to go into teaching or for schools to invest more in music programs?, Kaitlin’s response: 
I am an educator first and foremost, and music is the content through which I choose to help children experience the learning process and about their role within their community and beyond. There are many other incredible educators across our state who teach a variety of different contents, but we teach students first.

I would love to see schools invest more in their music and arts programming. In my experience, our school’s investment in arts education has strengthened our entire community. The growth and success of our school and arts programs have been made possible by celebrating how making connections between all content areas provides a stronger and more authentic learning experience for all of our students. They can take these learning experiences with them beyond the classroom.

Students need to experience, not just have access to, quality arts education the same way that they need to experience quality math, science, social studies, etc. The more you learn and experience, the more connections you make. These connections allow for a greater perspective that help you to think creatively, flexibly and empathetically. The arts have defined cultures for thousands of years and are essential to helping students express themselves and understand their role within their school communities and beyond.

I am hopeful this will encourage communities to invest in their students and schools, as well as think deeply about the role that music educators, and all educators, play in the lives of our students as we encourage them to become well-rounded adults.

Read the ENTIRE INTERVIEW.

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Maine Teacher of the Year – Kaitlin Young

October 4, 2017

Announced today at a surprise assembly

Kaitlin Young when she was recognized as the 2017 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS to Kaitlin Young, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year. Kaitlin teaches music to elementary and middle school students and is a proud member of the SeDoMoCha teaching staff. She loves teaching, her students, and her community. When she joined the staff at SeDoMoCha Elementary and Middle Schools there were 4 students in the chorus and today the chorus has 175 members. WOWZER!

Today is a special day for Kaitlin! In a surprise assembly each year the new Maine Teacher of the Year is named and today is the day!

Kaitlin is a teacher leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative and her project this year is Showcasing the Learning Process Through “Informance”.

Kaitlin was named the 2017 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year in the Spring and spent the summer on the next step – being considered for the state honor. She spent hours putting together her teaching history, answering questions, and presenting in front of peers.

Along with Kaitlin two other state finalists were selected. Jennifer England, an English teacher at Noble High School in North Berwick, developed a program for at-risk students at the school and oversees senior projects. And, Kasie Giallombardo is a social studies teacher at Nokomis High School in Newport. Principal Mary Nadeau said her work there represents the “art and science” of teaching, with effective strategies for student learning.

In September a team visited the three finalists schools for a site visit. They visited Kaitlin’s classroom, interviewed her colleagues, administrators, community members, and students. Maine’s selection process is long and tedious, unlike most other states.

The last music teacher who was selected as Maine Teacher of the Year was Charlie Seymour. Charlie was teaching at Camden Hills Regional High School and the year was 1986.

I am sure you will all join me in CONGRATULATING Kaitlin – she will do a wonderful job representing educators from across the state as she travels in and out of state during the next year. Soooooo excited for Kaitlin Young, especially since she speaks our language – ARTS education! YAHOOOO!

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Congrats Kaitlin!

August 24, 2017

Finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year

We learned yesterday that SeDoMoCha Elementary School Music Educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Kaitlin Young is one of three finalists for the 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year (TOY). Kaitlin teaches PK-8 music in the Dover-Foxcroft school. At a ceremony at the State House in Augusta in May, Kaitlin was honored as the 2017 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year. The last two months have been busy for Kaitlin as the TOY process continued. It is so great to have Kaitlin representing her school and visual and performing arts educators from across Maine.

Kaitlin recently completed a Master of Music Education, concentration in Kodaly Pedagogy, from the Hartt School, Hartford, CT. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, from the University of Maine at Orono in 2010.

Kaitlin and MALI colleague Kris Bisson, Marshwood Middle School music educator, at the summer institute. Both Kaitlin and Kris recently completed their master’s degrees. Congrats!

Kaitlin’s principal, Julie Kimball said:

Kaitlin has an incredible passion for teaching music. Our elementary and middle school concerts have grown in such size that we have outgrown our building and need to hold them at our local high school. Her ability to connect with our community members during these events is fun to watch. At the end of each concert, she has an activity that involves audience members of all ages.

Kaitlin is a true leader when it comes to advocating for her fellow peers. She leads our unified arts team and is a member of our teacher evaluation team.

Even more spectacular than our incredible concerts is Kaitlin’s passion for educating students and their families. Her energy is infectious! Thanks to Kaitlin’s desire to educate her fellow colleagues as well as our families about our music program, we are shifting to informances in addition to our traditional concerts. Her informances will offer families the ability to see what their child is learning during music classes by having opportunities for families to come to school and take part in a music class with their child.” 

Joining Kaitlin as finalists are Kasie Giallombardo from Nokomis Regional High School, Penobscot County  and Jen England from Noble High School, York County. Congratulations to all three finalists.

YAHOOOOOOOO Kaitlin! I am sure that visual and performing arts educators join me from across the state wishing you the best of luck as you continue on your Teacher of the Year pathway!

Kaitlin learning the technique of sgraffito on clay at the MALI summer institute

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