Title: Music Specialist
Company: Northfield Elementary School
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Rachel S. Bjork, M.Ed, Music Specialist at Northfield Elementary School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Ms. Bjork continued her education in 2020 with a master’s degree, summa cum laude, in curriculum and education from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. She has subsequently excelled as a music specialist with Northfield Elementary School, teaching music to kindergarten to sixth grade students, as well as special education students; directing drumming ensembles; and using a research-based curriculum in teaching students. In 2020, Ms. Bjork garnered a Murfreesboro City Schools Teacher of the Year Award for her stellar efforts in music education and was selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators, which she considers to be a career highlight.
Ms. Bjork attributes her success to her passion for music and for teaching her students music. Her students motivate her to do her best every single day. Being a person who never settles for average has helped her be successful in her career, and she always works very hard to try to achieve above the bar. Ms. Bjork learned piano at age of six. She disliked music lessons at first, but equipped with a strong work ethic instilled by her parents, she worked really hard to learn to play and excel at it. Ms. Bjork’s love for music grew so naturally that she did not only make it her career, she also became very passionate about passing on her skills to the next generation.
Currently specializing in teaching drumming and percussion, Ms. Bjork is also quite proud of being asked to perform at the university with her fifth-grade students at a state-wide percussion festival. Although they were not able to go because of the pandemic, being asked to perform itself was a huge achievement. In the coming years, Ms. Bjork would like to be able to expand her drum ensemble to different parts of the state of Tennessee.
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