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Currently retired (2013) from California classrooms

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100 Percent Homework Club, First Grade

Whether  teaching music or any level of literacy, math or other school subject, the thrill and challenge of sharing knowledge and resources and then watching a student expand and bloom with the process is one of the absolute most rewarding ways a person could spend their work energy! The teaching is always rewarding, though it may be bombarded with surrounding difficulties and red tape. The trick is to work your positive energy, be creative, and keep the focus on the student and the learning; that's the joy of it!

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Friendships are forged while we learn.

Jack Canfield talks about a "Life Mission" concept to guide your major life decisions and plans. My Life Mission includes raising self esteem and bringing people together, with love, through my teaching, music, genealogy research, or even through parenting or friendship- it's all part of the plan.

Kris's Teaching Timeline:

1970-78  Mt Diablo Unified School District Fine Arts Summer School,
               Children's Musicals, Accompanist and Instructional Aide
1977-78  Mills College School of Music
1978-98  Kris Harper's Music Studio, Private Instruction
              in piano and guitar.
1988-90  Substitute in Vallejo and Benicia
1990-98  Ulatis School, Vacaville, Bilingual 3rd-4th
1998-99  Meadow Homes School, Mt Diablo, Bilingual 2nd-3rd
1999-00  Turner Elementary, Antioch, 4th Gr
(2000 - 2006 Business Administration position)
2007       Carmen Dragon, Antioch, Reading Specialist K-5th
2007-08  Fremont Elementary, Antioch, 1st Gr
2008-09  Ygnacio Valley Elementary, Concord, Vocal/General Music
2010-     Private Music Instruction, Nampa, Idaho
2011/current:      Mentoring in the Nampa, ID schools

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We're all Authors; We all have something to say.

Every lesson learned, every goal accomplished builds self esteem and produces a better citizen. The "good old days" haven't just passed by; they were and still are forged through good works, honorable choices, and God-given talent and Grace.

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The joy of success!