Visual Art, Piano
Alison comes to the Old Town School with a background in music, art, and elementary education. Early on she learned piano and voice and was actively involved in the stage production of the plays and musicals at her high school. She entered her Bachelors as a Theater Design major, diving into concepts of drawing, painting, and beginning her interest in photography. However, she soon found herself going to hear live jazz and practicing her piano more often than seeing plays. She quickly became immersed in the jazz community and switched her major to Vocal Jazz Performance. After graduating in 2012, she moved to Chicago and began performing throughout the city with her band and as a solo jazz artist. She also continued her independent study of photography, which is her favorite visual art form.
In 2014, she began her Masters studying Elementary Education. She went on to work as a reading interventionist, a fifth grade teacher, as well as teaching technology, science, and language arts courses for gifted children through the NU Center for Talent Development. She believes that inquisition and higher order thinking are the best tools for developing autonomous lovers of learning. Teaching piano and art classes with the Old Town School gives her an outlet for all of her passions and skills.
Education: Master of the Arts in Elementary Education - National Louis University - 2015
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Jazz Performance - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana - 2012
Started at the Old Town School in May of 2016