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Interview with Megan Endicott, January 26, 2018

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:11 - Early days as a teacher

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Partial Transcript: So how long have you been teaching?

Segment Synopsis: Endicott describes the elementary school where she teaches music as well as the traveling aspect of her job. She talks about falling into the career rather than through deliberate intention. She talks about feeling scared on her first day taking over for her own elementary music teacher. She describes how taking one elementary methods class doesn’t provide a full picture of the actual experience of teaching. She talks about the importance for new teachers to fully explore the resources available to them. She talks about the strengths and weaknesses of her teacher preparation.

Keywords: Athens, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; B.M.; Bachelor of Music - Music Education; Dolvin Elementary School; Fulton County, Georgia; Johns Creek, Georgia; UGA; University of Georgia; elementary methods; elementary school; guitar; in-service; itinerant teaching; kindergarten; middle class; piano; student teaching; suburban

00:06:47 - Highs and lows of teaching

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Partial Transcript: So fifteen years in teaching. Why have you stayed in teaching all these years?

Segment Synopsis: Endicott talks about the reward of seeing children make discoveries with music. She talks about helping new teachers with classroom management and finding good resources. She talks about the pride of seeing multiple students grow up to be successful in music. She describes the challenge of dealing with unprofessional administrators.

Keywords: America’s Got Talent; Fine Arts Support; Florida State University; Forsyth County, Georgia; Fulton County, Georgia; The Voice; Twitter; University of Central Florida; administration; cello; chorus; classroom management; curriculum; elementary school; french horn; high school; itinerant teaching; middle school; music education; music majors; music performance; scholarships; social media; vocal performance

00:15:19 - The state of fine arts programs / other careers in music education

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about a time when you felt hopeful as a music teacher and also hopeful about the profession.

Segment Synopsis: Endicott talks about feeling worried for her job when Fulton County eliminated elementary orchestra and band programs. She talks about the relief of working for a school district that supports the arts. She talks about shifting away from a teacher-centered classroom to more personalized learning. She talks about her interest in administration and her continued education.

Keywords: Central Michigan University; Educational Leadership; Educational Technology; Fulton County, Georgia; Instruction Technology; Master of Arts in Learning, Design and Technology; Mount Pleasant, Michigan; administration; budgets; concert etiquette; elementary band; elementary orchestra; fine arts; job security; music education; oboe; parents; personalized learning; project based learning; specialist degree; superintendents

00:21:24 - Teaching style / professional development

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Partial Transcript: How would your students describe your teaching style?

Segment Synopsis: Endicott talks about keeping the classroom fun and getting feedback from her students. She talks about adopting her high school math teacher’s humorous and engaging style of teaching. She describes the importance of explaining to her students the reasons behind her lessons. She talks about gaining professional development by attending conferences and staying active in the education community.

Keywords: AP calculus; PLCs; TMEA; Texas Music Educators Association; Twitter; Vanguard; concert etiquette; conferences; elementary school; high school; isolation; math; music education; music specialists; professional development; professional learning communities; professional learning community; social media; technology

00:27:28 - Mentorship / learning from students

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Partial Transcript: I know as a resource teacher you’re out and about and serving teachers

Segment Synopsis: Endicott talks about a couple of new teachers she has mentored, including one who followed her advice to utilize technology as a way of showcasing his students’ accomplishments. She talks about learning that just because a student is quiet or reserved doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoying her class.

Keywords: Aurasma; Fulton County, Georgia; Johns Creek High School; Johns Creek, Georgia; KSU; Kennesaw State University; Kennesaw, Georgia; administration; augmented reality; iPads; social media; student teaching