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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.
As we transition into Phase Two, I am happy to be back in my own classroom. There are three sanitizing stations set up and the biggest change has been having the kids in chairs instead of sitting on the floor so that they have a very defined spot. I'm also thrilled to have Rory Anderson, a promising future teacher interning with me as a teacher candidate.
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. 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.