Title: Retired Elementary Music Teacher
Company: Chesterfield County Public Schools
Location: Columbia, Virginia, United States
Elizabeth Newton, Retired Elementary Music Teacher at Chesterfield County Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Mrs. Newton started playing the piano in her home when she was still a small child and enjoyed the feeling she got as she sang along. From this early introduction to singing in her church children’s choir and taking early piano lessons, her love of music permeated every aspect of her life. She knew early on she wanted to be a teacher and once when got into high school choirs she knew she wanted to be a music teacher. She first earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Greensboro College in 1973 and continued to earn a Master of Arts at Trenton State University in 1975. Prior to retiring in 2014, she taught music to elementary school students at Chesterfield County Public Schools. She also coordinated summer school at the school. In addition, Mrs. Newton has passionately taught music at the Richmond Public Schools and basic adult education at Fort Dix and Richmond Public Schools.
Despite retirement, Mrs. Newton continues to be involved in a number of activities. Since 2015, she has been the owner of Sycamore Grove RV Park, LLC. She is a professional dog breeder of Labrador retrievers, poochons, maltipoos, and Labradoodles. She has also directed Crestwood Celebration Singers and has previously provided private voice and piano lessons. Mrs. Newton considers the success in her career due to her love of people and music and always remaining positive. She worked with the mantra to go above and beyond and go into anything with tolerance and acceptance. In her career, she maintained affiliation with the National Education Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Virginia Education Association, the Cartersville Garden Club, the VA Museum of Fine Arts and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
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