By: Jordyn Cooper
This school year has brought several new teachers to Eisenhower. You may or may not know that Eisenhower welcomed a new teacher in the music department. To help students and staff get to know her better, The Squire has chosen Ms. Chevillard, our new middle and high school choir teacher, for this issue’s Teacher Spotlight. She is a first-year teacher and is excited to start her career here at Eisenhower.
To get more insight about Ms. Chevillard, The Squire asked her a few questions:
The Squire: What made you want to become a choir teacher?
Ms. C: I have wanted to be a music teacher for a very long time — I always loved playing in the band and my youth orchestras, but I also loved helping others realize their potential in music. I was really lucky to have taught private lessons through high school and college, which solidified my decision to go to school for education. I started singing in choir my senior year of high school and really admired the challenge as well as how different it is from playing in band. Teaching choir is no different, and I look forward to growing as a music teacher this year.
TS: If you were not a teacher, what kind of career would you be pursuing?
Ms. C: If I were not a teacher, I would probably still be doing something in music. I always toyed with the idea of either becoming a music librarian for music schools and performing ensembles or going into sound design to do special effects for movies and TV shows.
TS: What is your favorite part of EHS?
Ms. C: The people. I’ve had so many positive interactions with both students and staff here at Eisenhower — a great way to feel welcomed into my first teaching position.
TS: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
Ms. C: I spend a lot of my time outside of school finding ways to relax and recover after a long day. I like to draw and do other crafty things. I also enjoy hiking and the outdoors (making Warren a great place to live!).
TS: How has your experience at Eisenhower been so far?
Ms. C: Very positive! Moving far away from home and starting a new job fresh out of college is hard, but my experiences here have made it all worth it.
TS: Were you involved in any musical extracurriculars before you became a teacher? If so, how did that prepare you for your role as a teacher?
Ms. C: Throughout high school and college, I have been in many different ensembles — full choir, treble choir (Soprano and Alto voices), full orchestra, string orchestra, wind ensemble, marching band, and small ensembles for voice, strings, and wind instruments. Pretty much everything! My hope is to join a community ensemble in the area to keep up with being a performing musician outside of school.
That wraps up our interview with Ms. Chevillard. If you would like to get to know her better, make sure to sign up for choir in the future or stop by the music hallway and say hello. The Squire would like to thank her for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions, so that we could get to know her better. If you see her in the hallways, make sure to tell her hello and make her feel welcome. Check out our next issue to see which new teacher is in the spotlight next!