Ms. Leanna Rutka
Arvada Area Orchestra Teacher
Arvada K-8, Fitzmorris, Foster, Lawrence, Peck, Secrest, Swanson, and Thomson Elementary Schools
Ms. Rutka went to Stevens Elementary, Everitt Middle School, and Wheat Ridge High School. She is a proud Jeffco Public Schools alum! Ms. Rutka has been teaching Elementary Instrumental Music in Arvada since 2008. She holds a degree for Music Education from the University of Colorado. Go Buffs!
Ms. Rutka plays euphonium in the Jeffco Community Band and the Jeffco Brass Band. She also plays the violin in the Jeffco Summer Orchestra and the AUMC Christmas Orchestra. She actively performs in the Arvada and surrounding communities year round. Ms. Rutka has attended the annual National Mariachi Conference for Music Educators in Las Vegas, NV since June of 2014. The Arvada area is trying to start a Mariachi program to offer a different avenue of music to our community of kids! Ms. Rutka also enjoys co-instructing the Arvada West High School Marching Band each fall and has been involved with the wildcats since 2013. Prior to her time at AWest, she helped with the Arvada High School Marching Band since 2007. Working with music kids is the best career choice ever!
Ms. Rutka enjoys learning, playing, and performing music both inside and outside the classroom. As a learner of and through music, she believes music education is non-negotiable and is a vital part of personal and cultural identity. Music has taught her how to understand her surroundings, express feelings and emotions, and to participate in something fun!