Elizabeth Knapp, Chapter President
Elizabeth teaches elementary music at Bowman Elementary school in Anchorage Alaska. She plays the cello. In her free time she spends quality time with her dog Theo and explores the outdoors by running, biking, xc skiing, and hiking.
Meredith was born and raised in Alaska and started teaching children to make music when she was just 16! She first experienced the happiness that is teaching with the Orff-Schulwerk process while student teaching in the Anchorage School District. She has taught in both elementary and middle school settings, and currently teaches choir & band and Begich Middle School. She's been an active member of the Alaska Orff Chapter since 2003, In her spare time she sings with the Alaska Chamber Singers, loves gardening, camping, and hiking, and working on various home projects with her many power tools.
Shawnee Vanderpool, Treasurer
Shawnee moved from California to Anchorage in 2007. This is her 9th year of teaching at Susitna Elementary. She loves learning about new and different cultures. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family - furry and human. Her daughter, cats Clio and Spartacus, and dog Achilles keep her very busy!
Theresa Feighery, Vice Treasurer and Membership
Theresa is currently in her third year as a music teacher at Klatt Elementary School in the Anchorage School District. An Anchorage graduate, Theresa was a band, choir, and musical theater student. She enjoys contra and Irish dancing, playing her euphonium and Irish whistle, and participating in triathlons.
Sofia Petroni, Website Master
Sofia has taught music in the Anchorage School District for seven years and currently teaches at Spring Hill Elementary School. Sofia is a lifelong Alaskan. She plays clarinet in the Anchorage Opera orchestra. When she isn't teaching or playing clarinet, she enjoys mountain biking and splitboarding in the beautiful mountains of Southcentral Alaska.
Marsha Williams, Secretary
Marsha Williams is the K-5 music teacher at Williwaw School for the Anchorage School District. Her music lessons are designed using the ORFF teaching method. Marsha plays a variety of instruments and has the honor of teaching over 1000 students to make and play their very own Australian, Didjeridoo. In 2003 Marsha served as an outreach performer for Folk Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee where she presented the music of Australia and Africa. Marsha is a singer/songwriter. She released a CD, “Sing My Way Home” in 2001 of original songs. She collaborated with some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented musicians to create the instrumental/vocal parts on the CD. She delights in writing songs with children. Over the past 25 years Marsha has taught general music, private lessons, directed a church choir, served as an Artist in Residence in communities throughout Washington and Oregon. Additionally, Marsha served 6 years as a staff member at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in Washington State. Most recently, Marsha has served as an adjudicator for the Alaska State High School Music Ensemble Festival. It brings great joy to share my love and knowledge of music with students of all ages.
Debbie Wakefield, Member at Large
Debbie has lived in Alaska since 1985 and has taught classroom music since 1989 at Bayshore Elementary School. Debbie is passionate about teaching classroom music in addition to choir, hand chimes, ukuleles and recorders. She also enjoys teaching folk and line dances. When Debbie isn't teaching music, she loves to spend time with her husband, children and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys going fishing and picking blueberries,
Joan Haskell, Member at Large
Joan was raised in a village outside of Syracuse, NY. She has an undergrad and graduate degrees from NY in Elementary Education. She moved to Arizona and taught for 7 years. She moved to Alaska in 2000. She taught in Hooper Bay for 2 years before moving into Anchorage. She started teaching music in 2002 and has taught elementary music ever since. Joan has all 3 Orff Levels.