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Hello! My name is Renie Gibson and I am the general music teacher for all the students at Rattlesnake Elementary. In my thirty-one years of teaching in public schools in Montana and Idaho, I have taught middle school and high school band and choir as well as general music classes. Teaching at Rattlesnake has been a joyful and rewarding experience.The best part of my job is giving students creative tasks and seeing the result of their musical and imaginative work. Professionally, I also enjoy keeping myself involved adjudicating high school solo and large group festivals and mentoring students in collegiate internships.
Outside of school, I like to be......well....outside! Hiking, biking, fly fishing, skiing and playing competitive tennis. I also love to read historical fiction, play a variety of instruments (currently learning the ukulele), and officiate college tennis.
Assuredly, this is the most interesting and challenging year of them all. However, as a glass half full kind of gal, I'm finding the silver linings. Although, I don't have my beautiful music room available to me this year, I have the opportunity to push into each classroom and glean new ideas and best practices from the rest of our talented staff. I've got to know each student a little better on a personal level and am much more tech savvy than I would have been otherwise. This has been a year to plan, dive into lots of professional development and grow as a teacher.