We are grateful to have a diverse community of students, staff and families from around the world. Each member of our community brings their own background and story that enrich the ASH experience. Our ASH Voices series zooms in on our community as we learn more about who we are in our roles at ASH and life outside of school.
Today’s profile features Ms. Violeta, our music teacher at the ECC campus. She grew up in Madrid, surrounded by a musical world that always captivated her imagination and sensibility for beauty, creativity and joy. After completing her career in flute and music education in Spain and inspired by mentors and modern pedagogies, Ms. Violeta traveled to San Francisco, where she fell in love with music in early childhood. Shortly after that, she moved to Boston and studied towards a master’s degree in art education and child development. Ms. Violeta says “the opportunity of coming to the Netherlands to work as a music teacher was the best adventure I could have ever dreamt of. Making music come alive with the youngest students of our learning community has become the essence of my journey as a music educator.”
We asked Ms. Violeta questions about her life at ASH and how she has been adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long have you been at ASH and what does the #ASHexperience mean to you?
Originally from Spain and driven by curiosity and love for music in early childhood I have travelled to San Francisco and Boston to finally land here in the Netherlands. This is my second year at ASH and to me, the #ASHexperience stands for growth in all dimensions and the pursuit of meaning in our actions. I love the many languages children are encouraged to use to express their ideas, questions and passions and how together we teach and learn from the whole child.
What are your passions?
I love playing music and dancing very much! I also like running in nature and a while ago I became interested in circus arts. I can do some trapeze and aerial silks and dance on hammocks. Being upside down is the best feeling ever! I enjoy going to performances of all types. I guess the world of “farándula” (cultural events), as we say it in Spanish, is my passion.
How have the last several months impacted you and what are the lessons you have learned that you will be taking forward in your work here at ASH?
2020 will always be memorable for the generosity I experienced from the whole community. When virtual learning became our new reality, educators from all over the world connected with one another for support, company and partnership. My own family became more united and I felt connected despite the distance.
If you could give our students at ASH one piece of advice what would it be?
I would say that our questions for the world matter, and it is ok for some of them to remain unanswered since learning is a life-long adventure.
If you weren't working at ASH, what would you be doing?
One of my dreams would be to travel to small communities in South America and discover the folk music that is part of their oral traditions. I would like to transcribe songs, games, fingerplays... and study how music is linked to the history and social relationships of a community.