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About Mrs. Evans

Brief Bio

Mrs. Evans has been teaching music since 1983 and has been teaching music at CAPO USD since 2015.  She took a few years off to stay at home with her 2 children.  Evans received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey in 1983 and completed 30 units for her California Clear Credential at California State University San Marcos.  Her principal instrument is voice although she also plays the piano, trumpet and guitar.  Over the years she has taught K-12 music in both public and private schools in Massachusetts and California.  She was a member of the San Diego Master Chorale for many years and has performed several solos and participated in voice recitals.  Evans also has been ringing and directing handbell groups for over 30 years and was delighted to start handbell programs in grades 4-12 at most of her schools.




MISSION: To enrich the lives of students by exposing them to a comprehensive standards-based music curriculum that invites active participation and discovery through singing, playing, dancing and creating.

A Demonstrated Ability to: • Lead others both students and peers • Communicate a comprehensive music curriculum in a way that students find relevant and enjoyable • Motivate students by connecting with them and providing a positive learning environment • Teach music specializing in the following areas: Choral performing groups grades 7-12 • Music theory, history and appreciation (K-8) • Handbells • Elementary general music (Orff, Kodaly) • African Drumming • Recorders • Ukuleles • SMART BOARD and technology-based instruction • Grade Level Performances


EDUCATION: Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey • Bachelor of Music in Music Education, May 1983. California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA. • 30 graduate units in music and computer concepts and applications, 4.0 GPA, June 2008.




Capistrano Unified School District (CAPOUSD) August 2015 to Present 33122 Valle Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 • 1000+ students • Grades K-3


Music Teacher responsible for K-3 general music at six sites teaching a grade specific curriculum based on the National Music Standards.


Hope Elementary School, Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) September 2004 to 2015 3010 Tamarack Avenue, Carlsbad, California • 600+ students • Grades K-5


Music Teacher responsible for K-5 general music including African drumming, recorders, guitar, ukulele, special day classes, xylophones (Orff), 5th grade instrumental program overseeing 4-5 additional specialists (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, and general music), snare and percussion instruction and directing the Hope Handbell Ensembles. Developed a comprehensive K-5 CA State standards-based curriculum for each grade level, support and/or direct several multi-grade programs throughout the year, founded and direct the select Hope Handbell Ensemble and the Joyful Bells Handbell Ensemble with on site and community performances, and provide music for special school events. Created the HOPE from Hope community service project that serves one or two community organizations per year. As a parent volunteer designed and developed a curriculum for a Disability Awareness Week for all grade levels and ran the Hope staff appreciation program, Pride Pals. District-wide: Provide leadership and support for the K-5 district music teachers (9 schools) working directly with the CUSD Director of Curriculum. On the VAPA team who evaluated and recommended the next school-wide music curriculum purchase.


Santa Fe Christian Schools (Three Schools, K-12) September 1988 to June 1996 838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, California • 730 students • Grades K-12


Vocal Music Teacher responsible for K-6 general music, Grades 4-12 handbell ensembles (3), music appreciation grades 7 and 8, Music Theory and Songwriting 101 and middle school and high school choir. Created a choral program at the high school level. Developed and taught music appreciation classes for 7th and 8th grades. Founder and director of the handbell program (3 performing groups) grades 4-12. Selected and implemented a comprehensive elementary music curriculum for K-6. Added recorders to 3rd grade curriculum and keyboards to middle school. Performed numerous concerts at school and in the community. Department Chairperson 1992-1996.


Mount Miguel High School, Grossmont Unified High School District (GUHSD) September 1987 to June 1988 8585 Blossom Lane, Spring Valley, CA 91977 • 2000 students • Grades 9-12


Vocal Music Teacher responsible for a select choir (9-12) and a non-select choir (9-12).


Granby Junior-Senior High School September 1983 to June 1986 385 East State Street, Granby, MA, 01033 • 507 students • Grades 7-12


Vocal Music Teacher responsible for a select choir (9-12), a non-select choir (7-12), music appreciation (9- 12), basic music instruction (7-8) and Handbell Ringers (7-12). Doubled participation in choral program over three years. Initiated select choral group and handbell group. Introduced music appreciation course at high school level and basic music instruction for seventh and eighth graders. Extracurricular activities included faculty/student musicals and alcohol education program.


CERTIFICATIONS: • California Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Music (K-12) • Document Number: 080133758 Issuance Date: 06/02/2008 Expiration Date: 07/01/2018 • Authorized Subjects: K-12 Music and Computer Concepts and Applications • Supplemental Authorization in Computer Concepts and Applications, June 2008, Document Number: 080133758 • CLAD Certification, December 2008 • Massachusetts Teaching Certificate N0. 0264389 (Music Grades K-12) • New Jersey Teaching Certificate (K-12) in Music (Clear Music Comprehensive 2100)


AWARDS: • California Association of Music Educators, California State General Music Educator of the Year, February 2012 • California Association of Music Educators, Southern Border Section General Music Educator of the Year, March 2011 • California Association of Music Educators, Southern Border Section Fortissimo Choice Award Recipient, March 2011 • Hope Elementary Employee of the Month, October 2010 • Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Award of Excellence in Music, May 2009 • City of Carlsbad, Meritorious Achievement for Innovative Disability Awareness Week Program, May 2005


POSITIONS: • CMEA Mentor, 2015 • Guitars in the Classroom CUSD Faculty Instructor, 2013 to present • Carlsbad Educational Foundation Camp Instructor, 2013 • President of the San Diego County American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Chapter 59, 2010-2012 • Department Chairperson, Visual and Performing Arts, Santa Fe Christian High School, 1992-1996


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: • National Association for Music Educators • American Orff-Schulwerk Association • Handbell Musicians of America • National Association of Teachers of Singing


PERFORMING EXPERIENCE: • Second Trumpet, New Horizons Band, Carlsbad, California, 2013-Present • Soloist and member, San Diego Master Chorale, San Diego, California, 1987-1994 • Regular voice recitals, Amherst Music Group, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1984-86 • Soloist and member, University of Massachusetts Choral Union, 1984-85 • Senior voice recital, Westminster Choir College, February 1983 • The Westminster Singers (select ensemble), 1980-83 • Westminster Symphonic Choir performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, 1981-83

My Passion for Music

There is nothing that can move me to tears, make the hairs on my neck stand up, fill me with emotion, connect me with another, or flood my soul with joy and contentment like music can.  I could never imagine a culture without music or a day when I couldn’t express myself with a song.  I am not an extraordinary musician but music doesn’t require that.  Music holds no prejudice or judgment.  Music allows any man or woman the right to be heard in whatever way or means he or she chooses.  Music-making reflects our soul’s emotions, is the fuel of passion in a person’s journey on this earth and has the power to connect us with others anywhere in the world.  May it never be silent in me.

Mrs. Evans Wins STATE AWARD

Carlsbad, CA …     Hope Elementary School Music Teacher and Handbell Director Sharon Evans has received the California Association of Music Educators (CMEA) Peripole-Bergerault State General Music Educator Award, honoring excellence in general classroom music education. It is one of the CMEA’s highest Statewide awards. She received her plaque at an awards banquet on February 17, 2012 held during the CMEA conference in Fresno.

This marks the second consecutive CMEA award for Evans, who has taught music since 1983 and served at Hope since 2004. Last year, she received the regional Outstanding General Music Educator Award, Southern Border Section, for inspiring students to the highest levels of music education, appreciation and performance. She also won the 2011 San Diego County Office of Education’s FORTISSIMO Choice Award, becoming one of only three people ever to receive this recognition.

The 2012 CMEA award was not only completely unexpected, but particularly noteworthy, Evans confides. “I learned of the award while undergoing treatment for a serious health issue.It provided a great boost to my spirit,” she says.

Evans is a strong believer in the multi-leveled power of music. She relates, “One night after the last concert of the year, a parent and fellow teacher told me how proud he was of his son’s accomplishments. He said his son’s experiences in my classroom enabled him to grow as a person. It built up his self-esteem and confidence, allowing him to stretch far beyond his perceived abilities; in music, academics and life. Hearing this made all of my teaching efforts worthwhile.”