Title: Strings Teacher
Company: Suffolk Public Schools
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
LaToya Albritton, Strings Teacher at Suffolk Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music instruction.
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Music Education in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Ms. Albritton continued her education with a Master of Science in psychology in 2016 from Walden University in Minneapolis. Enthusiastic about music since age six, she subsequently joined her elementary school orchestra, where she learned to play the violin. Drawing inspiration from the example of her high school orchestra teacher, Ryan Featherer, she pursued a career in music education. Since 2012, Ms. Albritton has excelled teaching stringed instruments, particularly the violin, viola, cello, and bass, with the Suffolk, Virginia, public schools. She was honored for her instruction with an Instructor of the Year Award from the Jubal Arts Center in Suffolk in 2018 and is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Ms. Albritton attributes her success to her passion to her job which she maintains “makes it feel like it is not a job.” Her most notable achievement is being able to watch her students, beginning in 6th grade, grow throughout their musical journey. She enjoys guiding her students from middle school all the way through high school until they graduate. Every now and then, she has gotten an anonymous message in her mailbox saying that she was really a great inspiration and thanking her for what she has done. In the coming years, Ms. Albritton intends to expand her music program, encourage more students to join her class and take her courses outdoors so that her students can experience the joys of playing outside the classroom.
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