Learn about our teachers.
Corey Killian currently teaches seventh and eighth grade band at Suffield Middle School in addition to an after-school Jazz Band and General Music. He began teaching in Suffield in February 2016 after working as an elementary band teacher in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He received his degrees in education and music from the University of Connecticut (B.S, B.M '13) and completed his masters degree in Saxophone from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music in 2015. In addition to his teaching duties in Suffield, Mr. Killian serves as the music caption head for the Naugatuck High School Marching Band in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and maintains a small private studio in Eastern Connecticut. Corey is co-founder of the Suffield Summer Music Camp.
In addition to his teaching, Corey has given performances up and down the east coast, in the United Kingdom, and The Netherlands. He was a semi-finalist with the 20/20 Saxophone Quartet at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, received 2nd place at the MTNA Eastern Division Chamber music competition in 2014 and 2015, and has performed with the Hartford New Music Festival. As a soloist, he was a finalist in the Paranov Concerto Competition. He continues to perform throughout Connecticut. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Amy Wilson currently teaches sixth grade band at Suffield Middle School in addition to the fifth grade band at McAlister Intermediate School. Prior to teaching in Suffield, Amy taught instrumental music in East Hartford, CT from 2008-2016, instrumental and general music in Mesa, AZ from 2007-2008 and worked as long-term music substitute in Newington, CT and Middlefield, CT in 2007. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in music education from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Science degree in special education from Walden University. She is the co-founder of the Suffield Summer Music Camp which completed its inaugural season in August 2017. Amy will be on maternity leave for the 2018-2019 school year and students in 5th and 6th grade will have the opportunity to work with another skilled music educator during her absence.
Amy resides in Suffield with her husband, four year old daughter, Charlotte, and seven year old dog, a Shar-Pei named Puddles. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Noonan currently teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Chorus and General Music classes at Suffield Middle School, along with an after-school auditioned group called Elite Voices. She began teaching in Suffield in August 1997, after completing a Permanent Substitute position in Music in Farmington, CT, from January to June of 1997. Mrs. Noonan earned both her Bachelor of Science (Dec 1996) and her Master of Science (Aug 2001) degrees in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In her 20+ years of teaching, she has taught many facets of music--Vocal, Instrumental, History, Theory, Composition, etc.
Ever since she can remember, Laura has been singing. Whether it was by herself, along with the television, a record, or a radio, Laura has loved the art of music. While keeping a focus on popular music, Laura explored many different vocal styles and characteristics early on. She performed in different venues, including choruses and high school musicals. Her classical training in college allowed her to incorporate demanding techniques into even the most far-reaching styles. She traveled to Germany and Puerto Rico to perform with University Singers while at CCSU.
While singing with the Chubby Clark Band for seven years, she received many calls to fill in for other local bands like Steppin’ Out and Times Square. Also, she has substituted for Locomotion and sat in on a few gigs with Rob Zappulla and his many talented jazz musicians. Today, Laura sings with Avenue Groove exclusively.
When she’s not singing or teaching music, Laura can be found at home with her wonderful husband and their energetic 13-year old rescue dog, Dixie. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com
Wyn Jespersen teaches general music at A. Ward Spaulding Elementary School. She began teaching in Suffield in 1997, 4 years after moving to Suffield. Previously she taught general music and choral music to students from Kindergarten through 9th grade in Omaha, Nebraska. During her 8 years of teaching in Omaha she was honored to be selected as the conductor of the All-City Chorus and to facilitate music education workshops for the district.
While living in Nebraska Wyn performed as a vocalist, harpist, and flutist with the Omaha Symphony, Omaha Ballet, and Opera Omaha. Wyn has also played as a freelance musician, recording commercials and teaching private lessons. Wyn received her undergraduate degrees in Instrumental and Vocal music from the University of Nebraska and completed her Masters degree in Multiple Intellegences from the University of ST. Joseph.
In addition to teaching, Wyn performs in the New England area and enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob, who is also a musician. She enjoys traveling in the area to hear her son, Eric play gigs and her family time every Sunday night with Eric and his wife. Her daughter, Courtney is also a music teacher and music therapist. Wyn looks forward to visiting Courtney and her husband Shane each summer in Kentucky at their beautiful horse farm. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tanya Engler currently teaches general music at McAlister Intermediate School. She attended University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where she earned her Kodaly Certification and degree in Music Education. While at Hartt, Tanya studied piano with Watson Morrison and performed with the Hartt Chorus at the Bushnell, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC and several other performances in the Greater Hartford area. Tanya continued to perform with The Greater Middletown Chorale for many years. This included a performance with Kenny Rogers at the Oakdale Theater. Tanya also taught private piano lessons until the birth of her children.
Tanya’s teaching career began in Suffield back in January of 1993. While at A. Ward Spaulding Elementary School, she taught general music to grades kindergarten through fourth and also directed Kids Chorus. In 2004, Tanya moved to McAlister Intermediate School to teach grades 3-5.
In addition to teaching, Tanya enjoys traveling, spending time with her 13-year old son, Shane and directing Jordyn’s Choir for holiday performances in Ellington, CT. She is also the founder of the Jordyn Marie Engler Memorial Scholarship non-profit, which provides scholarships for children interested in music, dance and competitive cheerleading. #LiveLikeJordynWould
Tanya can be reached at email@example.com