My name is Jacqueline Walbaum. I received my BEd in December of 2018. I am very passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge in a fun creative way. I have been a music teacher for 14 years, teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, voice and musical theater. I volunteered at the Stoughton Central School and incorporated a k – grade 12 choir. The choir started with 12 kids and over 6 years grew to between 40 – 50 members. I teach using a call and response method so that children are learning by using their ear.
One of my favorite jobs is being a mom and a wife. I have three beautiful children all who are now in school full time. They are ages 15, 13 and 10. They keep me on my toes and they keep me creative. We are a musical family. My husband and I have completed our first CD. Our name for our group is Wool Tree Grove. We travel doing house concerts and other events throughout the year to keep us busy.
In the summer when the school is closed I lifeguard, teach swimming lessons and manage the Stoughton Swimming Pool. I love teaching swimming lessons because I get to teach to a variety of children and ages. I am often teaching two to three levels at the same time, which can be challenging and fun all at the same time. It is a great summer job because I get to see kids and my kids can come with me as well.
I was an educational assistant at the Stoughton Central School for 4 years, and it was through that job that I decided to further my education and become a teacher. It really tests one patience and brings a whole new perspective to the challenges to teaching. I worked with a wonderful team of teachers. I love building relationships with the kids through school work and music. It is such a reward to walk through the school having kids smile when they see you or stop to tell you exciting stories about their weekend. I am so thrilled that I took the next step to becoming a leader in the classroom.
I love to have fun. I believe that we need to live life to its fullest, not taking for granted or trying to rush any moments. I don’t want to be at the end of my life full of regrets. This is the reason that I became a teacher later in life. I know this is what I want to do for a living, so I did not let my age stop me from living out my dreams! I want to be able to be an example to my children, and their children.