Music And Motion
Sarah Thompsontakes pleasure enriching the development of young learners everywhere! Sarah holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education as well as a Master's of Special Education from Shippensburg University. She taught Special Education preschool for 5 years and conducted early intervention for the birth to 3 program locally before becoming a Mommy. Though not a professional singer, Sarah is more than willing to burst out into song to help children learn, get moving, and yes... even clean up. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, and cooking. Sarah lives in Hanover with her husband, daughter, and her crazy spotted dog Chaz!
Margaret Folkemerdelights in sharing her lifelong love of music with others! Margaret holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from McGill University (Montreal, QC) and has additional training in piano, oboe, pennywhistle (a type of Irish flute), and performs professionally as a soloist and with her two folk music bands; Dearest Home and Cormorant’s Fancy. Currently, Margaret serves as Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she leads the Youth, Senior, Bell, and Heritage choirs. She is also a nanny for her niece and nephew, which she has greatly enjoyed doing for the past few years. Margaret lives in Gettysburg with her family and her two adorable dogs!
Lori Rebling enjoys helping new learners discover a love for music and the keyboard. Lori holds a BS from Millersville University and recently retired from her full time job as a medical technologist with a local hospital. She has 12 years of piano instruction and was active in several musical groups in high school, as well as the accompanist for the school musicals.
At her church she is the Director of the Handbell Choir, accompanist for the Children’s Choir, assists with Sunday School, and substitutes for the church organist. Lori has 2 grown children and resides in Hanover with her husband on a Christmas tree farm!
Diane Stewart enjoys enriching the lives of children through books and music! She holds a BA in Elementary Education from College of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Diane taught 5th Grade in Baltimore County and was the Children's Program Coordinator for Glatfelter Memorial Library in Spring Grove where she ran the Summer Reading Program and enjoyed interacting with the children and parents in Story Time. Diane also volunteers in the public school system, has taught Pre-K and Kindergarten Religious Education at her church, and been the craft coordinator for Vacation Bible School. Diane lives in Spring Grove with her husband, their two children, their dog, and four cats!
MUSIC AND MOTION EDUCATORS
Gretchen Walter is always excited to share her love of music with children and their caregivers! Gretchen holds a BA from McDaniel College, has training in piano, voice, and music theory from both McDaniel College and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and is licensed in Early Childhood Music Education. She is also the Director of Children's Music at St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she serves as an Assisting Minster, is a member of both the bell and senior choirs, and is the Sunday School & VBS Storyteller.
Gretchen has two grown children and lives in Hanover with her husband and their two rescue pups!