Thrive, Not Survive: Achieving Success as a First Year Teacher
- Often, the first year of teaching is associated with negative connotations. We are told to “stay afloat”, to “stay one step ahead”, and to “survive”. The purpose of this clinic is not only to dispel these predispositions, but to also discuss methods, actions, and strategies to acquire, enter, and thrive within the first year.
- Jonathan Villela (email@example.com)
- 12/14/2016 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
- Jonathan Villela began his teaching career at Four Points Middle School following his graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2015 as a Velma Forbes Scholar.
During his time at Oklahoma State University, Villela studied saxophone, chamber music, and pedagogy under Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. On several occasions, Villela travelled to Singapore as a guest clinician of the Wind Bands Association of Singapore, presenting leadership and woodwind pedagogy workshops to secondary school music students. Additionally, Villela was a National Chamber Music Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, a drum major of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, and a clinician at public schools, university music camps, and professional conventions in Texas.
Villela currently serves as Assistant Band Director at Four Points Middle School, where he teaches beginning saxophone, beginning double reed, and a section of beginning clarinet. This past year, he helped prepare the Four Points Wind Ensemble for their performance at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic. Further, Villela lead preparation of the Four Points Concert Band’s state evaluation, in which they received unanimous superior ratings from all adjudicators for the first time in the school’s history.
In addition to Four Points Middle School, Villela currently works with System Blue – the educational branch of The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. With System Blue, he teaches marching band techniques, rehearsal techniques, and student leadership strategies to high school and college students across the United States.
Villela’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity.