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Darla Martin

Name:
Darla Martin

Title:
Vocal/Choral Music HS/MS

Email:
dmartin@bergman.k12.ar.us

Conference Times:
8:00 - 8:45 AM


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Educational History:

I completed my Bachelor of Music Education at Arkansas Tech University, with a concentration on Vocal Music. While there, I played euphonium in the Symphonic Band and studied Piano with Dr. Cynthia Hukill. I learned guitar from Dr. Deborah Barber, a wonderful mentor and friend, and performed with the Tech Guitar Ensemble (ATUGE). It was my privilege, also, to perform with the Chamber Choir, the Concert Chorale, and the University Choir under the direction of Mr. Gary Morris, a true champion of Choral Singing in Arkansas.

Degrees and Certifications:

2016: B.M.E. – Bachelor of Music Education, certified to teach Music from grades K-12 in Vocal or Instrumental Music.

2017: added certification to teach 419 Business Computing classes for grades 5-6

Professional Development:

Since coming to Bergman, I’ve attended the ARACDA Summer Reading Conference (Choir) in July 2017, 419 Business Teacher training in August 2017, various required trainings from the Bergman School District, and the Southwestern Regional Conference for the American Choral Directors Association in March of 2018. Each of these and other training opportunities that I have and will continue to attend help me to continue to grow and improve as a teacher and musician. Continued learning helps me to foster growth, in turn, for my students.

Educational History:

I completed my Bachelor of Music Education at Arkansas Tech University, with a concentration on Vocal Music. While there, I played euphonium in the Symphonic Band and studied Piano with Dr. Cynthia Hukill. I learned guitar from Dr. Deborah Barber, a wonderful mentor and friend, and performed with the Tech Guitar Ensemble (ATUGE). It was my privilege, also, to perform with the Chamber Choir, the Concert Chorale, and the University Choir under the direction of Mr. Gary Morris, a true champion of Choral Singing in Arkansas.

Degrees and Certifications:

2016: B.M.E. – Bachelor of Music Education, certified to teach Music from grades K-12 in Vocal or Instrumental Music.

2017: added certification to teach 419 Business Computing classes for grades 5-6

Professional Development:

Since coming to Bergman, I’ve attended the ARACDA Summer Reading Conference (Choir) in July 2017, 419 Business Teacher training in August 2017, various required trainings from the Bergman School District, and the Southwestern Regional Conference for the American Choral Directors Association in March of 2018. Each of these and other training opportunities that I have and will continue to attend help me to continue to grow and improve as a teacher and musician. Continued learning helps me to foster growth, in turn, for my students.

Current Position:

2017-2018 is my first year as a licensed teacher at Bergman Schools. I came to know Bergman when I was a student teacher at Arkansas Tech University, and was assigned Barry Martindale as my mentor for secondary education. The Bergman School system and the students made an impression on me, so much so that when I had the opportunity to return this year, I couldn’t pass it up, and I’ve never regretted it. Each day brings new experiences for me and for my students, and I can’t wait to watch them grow.

Previous Position:

I started teaching as a new teacher in 2016-2017 at Parks Elementary in Pasadena, Texas. I taught grades K-4, teaching two classes per grade level every day. I had the tremendous benefit of having an experienced music teacher right next door, and from her gleaned a great deal of the practical, hands-on aspects of teaching that your really can’t get from the university setting. It continues to surprise and delight me that much of what I used with my younger students can, and does, benefit my older classes as well.

Prior to completing my Music Education degree, I worked with students on a volunteer basis for many years. Over the years, I taught youth groups, served as Cub Scout Leader, and taught private voice, euphonium, and beginning piano lessons. I had the honor of serving as Music Director for the Leslie United Methodist Church for several years, leading the Choir, the Instrumental Ensemble, and playing the piano or organ as needed. Through these volunteer experiences and the classes I took in support of them, I came to realize that the connection with musicians and students is one of the most important things in my life. This realization was a major factor in my decision to return to school and led, ultimately, to my position at Bergman.

Prior to returning to school, I worked for many years in administrative support, working in the medical and education field primarily. No knowledge or experience is ever wasted; my first career comes into play regularly to maintain student records, plan events, and keep the many details in a teacher’s day in order.

Family Information:

My son’s dad and I are no longer together, but our one child, Matthew, continues to bring joy to every day. He is a student at Bergman High School, an avid lover of music and anime, and is crazy about science. We share our home with two cats, Athena (silver tabby, polite and sweet), and Tusk (brown tabby and a very loving brat); both of them have a tendency to steal pens if they’re left lying about, and to lie across the keyboard when you’re trying to type.

I am the youngest of four girls. My three older sisters and their children all live in Houston,Texas. My oldest sister is legally blind, but she doesn’t let that slow her down, and works in the cafeteria of her local elementary school. The second oldest has taught Reading, Science, and ESL for many years, and the next oldest sister is currently doing her internship to teach at the primary level. Education is very important to our family, as is a love of children, technology, and of course, music. One of my earliest and dearest memories is of sitting in the car with my parents in the front seat, the four of us in the back, singing Christmas carols and trying to make the harmonies match up. I know my parents probably just did this to keep me from pestering my older siblings, but it didn’t matter; the music took root and helped me grow.

Personal Information:

I split my free time between making quilts and other handmade items for friends, composing, playing music with my son, watching movies, reading, and playing computer games. No matter what I’m doing, there is almost always music playing somewhere. During the school year, the music playing is usually something I can use in class, but during the summer, I listen to just about anything and everything in moderation.