I’m so glad to announce Ms. Laetitia Lehman-Pearsall as our new Music Teacher and Choir Director.
This past school year, Ms. L-P taught music at Metolius Elementary School, a K-5 public school in Metolius, a tiny town in Central Oregon. As an AmeriCorp volunteer, she had 310 students, teaching group singing, body percussion, ensemble work, and music appreciation, as well as xylophone and recorder in grades 3-5. She composed original music and accompaniment for each grade level to help teach and inspire her students. In addition, Ms. L-P had 60 after school students learning piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, and songwriting. She also was the accompanist at Madras Christian Church. Prior to her time in Central Oregon, she spent a year as a volunteer music and English language teacher in Ometepe, Nicaragua for Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association. She is passionate about community service and working with people and is thrilled to be joining Carden Country School as Music Teacher and Choir Director.
Ms. L-P graduated summa cu laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 2016, with a major in Piano Performance and a French minor. She was also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the Honor Society for university level students and professors of music. In addition, she spent a year abroad at IES Paris Studies and Ècole Normale de Musique, Paris, France.
Ms. L-P is coming home to Bainbridge Island, having grown up here and graduating from Bainbridge High School in 2009. She has a very interesting and intriguing personal story (which I will leave for her to tell, but you can see part of it at 18:20 on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyY89UMaaHw) and is looking forward to joining us in making “a joyful noise unto the Lord!”
Throughout her life as a musician, Ms. L-P has accompanied numerous groups and has taught and tutored children in piano and music since 2005 on Bainbridge Island, in Wisconsin and France during her undergraduate studies, and in Nicaragua during her time there, and will be accepting new students in Kitsap County for this Fall. She will also serve as the accompanist for the Olympic Girls’ Choir, a program offshoot of the Bainbridge Chorale. Her other interests and hobbies include reading, hiking, commuting by bicycle, and picking berries.
We are very blessed to have her join our staff. Please join me in welcoming Ms. L-P to her new role here at Carden.