To the Students, Friends, and Families of The Bands of La Quinta High School,
Watching many of you grow up, mature, and to share in your love for music over the years has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Through your stories and testimonies over the years, I have taken great joy in knowing that I had some sort of a role to play in your love and passion for music.
In 2014, I was fortunate to have one of my career goals of teaching in higher education come to fruition when I gained an adjunct appointment at College of the Desert to direct the Symphonic Band. One of the greatest joys of my life came In 2015 when my son, Cole, was born, followed by Kennedy this past September. In May of 2017 I began a journey of continuing my graduate studies in music education when I became doctoral student at Teachers College at Columbia University. Over the years, these combined events have demanded more of my time and attention, leaving less of my time and attention to give to the Bands of La Quinta High School.
Over the past two years, the LQHS administrative team and I have been experimenting with “creative solutions” to accommodate my needs with the needs of the program to no avail. This past school year I frequently found myself overwhelmed, and even at times, frustrated with my inability to keep up. I have been faced with the hard truth that there is simply not enough of myself to give. The students and families at La Quinta High School deserve more. You deserve a director that has enough of himself/herself to pour into this program to reach its potential of excellence year after year. My family deserves more. Erica, Cole, and Kennedy deserve a husband and a father that can be more present in the evenings and on weekends.
Yesterday, with the support of the LQHS Administration, and my family, I made my final decision to resign as the Director of Bands at La Quinta High School. I have chosen to accept an appointment to serve as the Music Director at Desert Ridge Academy in Indio. This decision to move did not come easily for me, as I have immensely enjoyed my time to serve the students, families, and community as the Director of Bands at La Quinta High School. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to be your guide in music.
Of course, this is not goodbye forever, but just a season of change. I fully expect that you, the students and families of the Bands of La Quinta High School, will rise to the task at hand, and forge a new path of excellence under the leadership of the next Director of Bands. Hold fast to the Mission Statement and CREDO that you, the students, wrote together. Each graduating class describes their experience in band as one of having a family, and you will forever be family to me.
I wish you all well in the journey ahead,
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