Candidate Info

         


             Hello!  My name is Wendy Delson, and I am the String Orchestra teacher at Cloonan, Rippowam, Turn of River and Scofield middle schools in Stamford, CT. I teach beginning strings, advanced string orchestra as well as chamber orchestra to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. In addition to teaching, I am a cellist and pianist who performs at many different venues as often as possible. Having passed the Level 1 exam, I am also a Google Certified Educator.

 

I became certified as an educator later in life, following different career paths before combining teaching and performing to find a career that I love. For many years I was a magazine editor at Weight Watchers and American Baby magazines as well as the editor for corporate communications at RCA. After the birth of my two sons, I was a stay-at-home mom, shuttling my two sons to soccer and baseball and cello lessons. Now they are grown--one lives near me and the other lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. A few years after starting in Stamford, I went back for my first master’s degree and received an MS in Education from University of Bridgeport. I am now a dedicated public school teacher who considers her students’ education and well-being as paramount. In 2017 I earned my second Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.

 

My teaching career began 20 years ago at Temple Israel in Westport, CT, where I taught all grades from 3 through 7 in this extra-curricular religious school. After a conversation with an old friend who also became a teacher after her kids were grown, I decided to return to grad school for my certification. In 2010 I was offered my current position in Stamford. In addition to my daily teaching schedule, I teach enrichment classes in guitar and modern band. I am also the coordinator of our district String Festival, which combines students from our elementary, middle and high schools. I adjudicate state and regional festival for CMEA and am active in the Fairfield County String Teachers Association, serving as the co-chair of their annual county-wide string festival.  



 

 


    Performing artist on cello
  Conducting at the All-District String Festival
  Accepting the Spotlight on Teachers Award
Professional Goals:  
  •  I’m hoping to facilitate technology sessions for teachers in after-school programs.
  •  I'm interested in developing resources and professional development programs for music teachers. Traditional orchestra and band classes utilize almost no technology, and I'd like to change that.
  •   I’m looking forward to working in only one school, at the Cloonan Arts Magnet School.
  • I'm hoping to play more chamber music.
  • Teaching cello at a college or university is something I'd like to do on a part-time basis. 


Personal Goals: 
  •  I look forward to having more time to pursue my avocations -- playing the cello, jewelry making and reading.

 

  •  I hope to spend more time with my family.

 

  •  I’m looking forward to learning to play the ukelele.


  • In the past I've traveled extensively, performing with the Long Island Youth Orchestra in Europe, South America, the South Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. I'd like to return to many of the countries that I visited many years ago.