THE TEAM

Felicity Muench

Felicity Muench’s passion for music began at the age of 7 when she began classical guitar lessons with Cuban concert guitarist Hector Garcia. At age 16 she began teaching private guitar students and wanted to pursue a career in teaching and performing. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, she went on to receive her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge California.

 

She headed the classical guitar department at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO from 1997 - 2015 where she also taught music business, guitar literature, pedagogy and fretted techniques. A dedicated teacher, she formed the Boulder Guitar Society in 1995 to give adults the opportunity to perform in a supportive environment.  Felicity currently teaches privately with a full studio of students ranging in age from 5 – 83.

 

Felicity’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to form Musical Bouquet LLC in 1987 which provides therapeutic music for patients in hospitals and other health care facilities.  In concert, she performs both as a soloist and with Silverwood Flute and Guitar duo. Silverwood has performed for the Placitas Concert Series in New Mexico, the National Flute Association in Cleveland Ohio and in La Jolla California.

 

Her recording “Amoroso Guitar Duo – Romantic Music from South America” was released in 2016. Latin guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro performs on the CD. Both musicians have performed together in Colorado and Mexico. Felicity provided the classical guitar music for the award winning documentary “Vinnie Ream – Lincoln’s Young Sculptor” which is sold at the White House in Washington D.C. She hosted and provided music for a second documentary about the Carnegie Library in Longmont Colorado which was televised in 2015.

 

Her collaboration with Dr. Gregg Cannady and the formation of One Voice 4 Change LLC was inspired from the idea that each person’s voice can be used for strength and change. “Giving Strength through Education to Those Who Need a Voice for Change” is the dream this organization hopes to achieve.  

Gregg Cannady

As director of Collaboration and Concept Development at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Gregg Cannady has been working on connecting teachers in real-time synchronous learning, replicating successful STEM approaches to learning and other teacher leadership projects.     LINK to THE SYNK

 

Gregg Cannady received his B.A. in Music Education from Colorado State University, his M.A. in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado.


He has conducted numerous high school choirs as well as conducting the University of Colorado Women's Ensemble and University Singers. He also has worked in North Carolina as Director of Choral Activities and Applied Voice at Mount Olive College and has been the Chorus Master for the Boulder Bach Festival. Choral ensembles under his direction have performed at several state and national conferences and have toured extensively in the United States, China, Italy and Germany.

Gregg Cannady also has been developing music education curriculum using digital applications such as Ableton 9, PUSH and the music composition software Sibelius. He has presented workshops to music educators at state and national music conferences. 

Simi Basu

Simi Basu moved to Colorado five years back from Scottsdale, Arizona. She studied Bachelors in Science from University of Delhi, India. After that, she completed her Masters in Information Technology from KSU University and Masters in Business Administration in IT from Bundelkhand University, India. 

She moved to the United States 14 years ago. 


Prior to teaching, she worked with IBM and other software companies for 13 years on innovative and cutting-edge technologies. This helps inspire kids to reach further than they think they can and prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet. She prefers challenging students with real-world projects and motivate them to try new things and share new ideas. She enjoys creating curriculums that challenges their minds and engages them to their full potential.

 

She brings her talent and zeal to the classroom and school, and have facilitated the Photo Battle Contests, Gaming Development Club and Cyberpatriot Competitions where students learn defensive hacking. She has also been invited as guest speaker for Women conferences in London and across the U.S. She is really passionate to encourage more women in IT and Computer Science/Stem fields. She constantly collaborates globally and looking for opportunities to help children in education.

In her free time she likes working out and spending time with her family and dog. 

For more about her achievements in education:

http://highlandsranchherald.net/stories/women-stem-into-the-future,260215? https://issuu.com/coloradocommunitymedia/docs/hr0222/8

https://coloradosucceeds.org/stem/schools-partner-bridge-rural-urban-stem-divide/

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/05/22/take3-stem-school-and-academy-teaches-outside-the.html http://via.kdvr.com/dQqJI

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/05/22/take3-stem-school-and-academy-teaches-outside-the.html https://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/25/highlands-ranch-students-holocaust-vr-museums/

http://highlandsranchherald.net/stories/middle-schoolers-learn-about-engineering-in-the-real-world,275847

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Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke is a musician, composer and music educator based in Colorado, USA.  He moved here to Colorado in 2014 from the United Kingdom.  He studied music and music education at college, gaining a Masters from the Royal Northern College of Music and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bristol.  Since moving to Colorado, He has taught at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Bennett School District and Littleton Public Schools.
 

Richard plays saxophone, piano, guitar and sings.   He composes instrumental music and arranges a lot of music for different ensembles, using Sibelius and Ableton applications.  His passion for teaching real world music skills to students is informed by classroom teaching experience of problem based learning, as well as working with professional musicians and integrating music technology into his teaching practice.

 

Richard is a supporter of music programs that foster collaboration, problem solving and real creativity skills in their students.

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Anne Tweed

Anne Tweed, is the Director of STEM Learning Solutions, LLC in Denver. She holds a BA in Biology from Colorado College and an MS in Botany from the University of Minnesota. Her work includes educational research, curriculum development and professional development related to teaching and learning.  She also provides technical assistance to districts and state departments of education around effective instruction along with developing and implementing STEM initiatives. Ongoing professional development workshops feature effective science, engineering and math instruction, designing effective STEM lessons, developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) lessons and implementing formative assessment effectively in classrooms. She has developed PD models as a co-principal investigator on a major NSF NanoTeach project and an IES Formative Assessment project. She is an advocate of student problem-solving and experiential learning that provides relevant learning and fosters collaborations locally, regionally and internationally. 

A 30-year veteran classroom teacher, Tweed is also a past-president of the National Science Teachers Association (2004-2005). She has published many articles, authored and co-authored several books, and given more than 300 presentations and workshops at state, national and international conferences.

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Kaden Sisk

Kaden Sisk is currently a student at Erie High school. His academic career gives him a special insight into what students around the world need.  Kaden also serves as a Junior Officer on the Erie Chapter of the National Honor Society.  HIs participation in this club is one of the many ways that he gives back to the community, in particular students.  Furthermore, Kaden is also committed to ensuring that students around the world live in clean environments.  In pursuit of this, he started a composting project that spans across the Boulder, CO area.

 

Kaden also has a lot of experience to offer to OV4C.  He has four years of experience managing  social media marketing for his own landscaping business.  As such, he can’t wait to bring his unique attributes and skills to the team and help expand OV4C’s social media outreach.

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Ronald Parsons

 

Ron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado who carries a small caseload of private practice clients. Over the past two years he has developed a friendship with Felicity Muench as she and Ron’s wife, Diana, have become good friends and often share time playing the guitar and recorder as a duet.

Ronald Parsons received his B.A. in Zoology and a California Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Masters and Doctorate of Social Welfare from U.C.L.A.

He spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching Biology in Ghana.  He spent one year teaching high school in the US before attending U.C.L.A. He also spent two years teaching Social Work at Michigan State University.

Over his career Ron has spent 22 years as a public health consultant for the State of Michigan serving as the director of data services, public health consultant with local health departments over the state of Michigan.  He served for 4 years as the Executive Director of the Michigan Mid-South Health Systems Agency guiding the health planning efforts of a 6 county region.

He has served as the director of Adult Outpatient services for a Community Mental Health Center in Toledo, Ohio.  He has also worked as a private practice therapist in Toledo and Lansing before moving to Colorado.

Ron worked for a major software development company as a Business Analyst to provide a communication bridge between IT and the business stakeholders in the development of a multistate software system.

While in Michigan Ron served as the Treasurer for the Greater Lansing branch of the Friendship Force.  He also led a group of 25 visitors on a three week Friendship Force trip visiting 3 chapters of the Friendship Force in Ghana.

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Brenda Meether

An active composer & piano teacher, Ms. Meether is a classically  trained pianist who earned her BA in Music Education with  emphasis in piano performance & music therapy from the  University of Nebraska. Brenda grew up in a musically talented  family and began playing piano by ear at age 6. Singing in local  choirs and creating her own songs. In high school Brenda began  piano/vocal composing leading to her first publicly performed  choral piece.

 

Brenda has written works for piano solo, piano/ vocal, and piano/ instrumental. The Wind’s Answer won honorable mention from the National Flute Associations’ New Composers  Competition and Facing A Dragon critiqued comments of “having  passion reminiscent of Beethoven”. Her work “Dream of the Cave  Bear” will be part of a compilation for early intermediate piano  solo. She has accompanied for students on various juries &  recitals, master classes, & vocal coaching.

 

Brenda briefly  mentored with Colorado composer Kevin Asbjornson. She has  studied classical piano/piano performance with Dr. Helen Walker Hill, Dr. Brenda Ishikawa, Larry Ryan, & Dr. Patricia Holmberg;  classical piano music and movement with Dr. Alexandra Pierce;  music arranging with Dr. Ron Crocker; voice with Dr. David Bauer, Cody Qualls and Eve Maison-Pierre, Guitar with Dr. Ron Crocker,  & chord studies with jazz trombonist & pianist Darren Kramer of  DKO. Brenda’s connection with violinist Gregory T.S. Walker also has brought much personal inspiration. She performs piano-guitar duets with guitarist husband Morgan.

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