Many families in Winter Haven will be missing Ms. Bernadette this semester. As her Kindermusik families know, she home schools her daughter, Erica, who has taken an interest in Marine Biology! There is a fabulous program offered that will allow Erica an in-depth study into this subject, complete with regular field trips to study and explore the natural habitat. Unfortunately for us, these studies will prevent Ms. Bernadette from teaching for now. We wish them both luck in their heart felt endeavors. And we hope to see her back again soon.
Which brings us to the new face of Kindermusik in Winter Haven – Amy Foltz
Amy Foltz began bringing her 2 year old son, Logan, to Kindermusik when he was just about 6 months old. Every week, she drove all the way from Winter Haven to Lakeland to make sure her son was in the program designed for his age group. Right away, it was easy to see that she was a great mom, fully interacting with Logan, and taking his lead to interact in his own way, AND interacting in such creative ways with the many other children that would come her way. I could always hear her singing along with a clear voice. She learned the words quickly, so I knew she and Logan were listening to the music at home. And from her comments, I KNEW they were continuing the learning at home. Plus, she was always sending me pictures and telling me stories.
Now, HERE is an enthusiastic personality – eager to learn, eager to share. Perfect qualities for a Kindermusik educator. When she learned that Ms. Bernadette wouldn’t be teaching for a bit, we chatted about her becoming an educator, and her enthusiasm almost exploded out of the room. Although her career has been as a paralegal, music has never been far from her heart. Here’s a bit of her story – in her words:
“As to my musical experiences, I started out singing at the age of 8 and continued through high school. I performed at various churches. I performed at my father’s wedding to my step-mother, which was very special. I participated in the 4H Talent show several years in a row and made it to the Indiana State Fair. I performed on the same stage as Vince Gill. I performed right before he took the stage. He is a nice man. For at least 4 years, I performed in musical competitions ranging from solos to quartets usually as a soprano. I often tried alto to increase my vocal range. I received blue ribbons on several occasions. On my honeymoon 8 years ago, Todd and I went on a cruise. He talked me into auditioning for the talent show. I performed “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” and won first place. It was very special to see Todd with tears in his eyes after I performed. My singing style is Broadway/contemporary. My idols are Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. My dream would be to meet them and perform a duet with Andrea Bocelli.”
She has now completed the full Kindermusik University course, and is bursting at the seams to get started teaching. She is most interested in facilitating the programs for the youngest children, including Village, Our Time, and Adventures.
THIS FALL, at Xtreme Kids, she is offering:
Village “Zoom Buggy” unit – celebrating all things that help your baby GO, GO, GO!
Creatures at the Ocean unit – a full fledged fun adventure at the beach, and with ocean critters.
Welcome to Kindermusik, Amy ! May you find your days as a Kindermusik educator as truly special as your first semester of Kindermusik with Logan.