Penn State Music Education’s student teacher of the week is, Marissa A. Works!! Her focus is vocal music for elementary students. Her cooperating teachers are Erik Clayton (high school choir) and Melanie Komlenik (Elementary and vocal music).
She says, “It is difficult to explain the amount of growth that is naturally part of the student teaching journey. I am at the end of my elementary school placement and I truly feel myself ‘becoming a teacher.’ This growth is due to my amazing cooperative teacher and my commitment to putting my best foot forward in the classroom every single day. I am learning to trust my musical instincts, have confidence in myself as a teacher, and most importantly, work hard daily to improve myself as an intentional and responsive educator.”