By Penelope K.
Mrs. Fletcher is a music teacher at Hampton Elementary School.
Penelope: What do you like about virtual school?
Mrs. Fletcher: I like that I can be home with my kids and help them. With virtual music though, we can't sing or play as many instruments. I also wish more people would turn on their cameras.
Penelope: How long have you been in Hampton Elementary School?
Mrs. Fletcher: 17 years
Penelope: What do you like to do during your free time?
Mrs. Fletcher: I like to play with my kids, play games, bike, walk, play in the pool, hike, sing in the choir at church, jogging, puzzles, reading and watching movies.
Penelope: What are your favorite board and card games?
Mrs. Fletcher: Uno and trivia games.
Penelope: What do you like to do with your kids?
Mrs. Fletcher: We play football, baseball and hide in go seek.
Penelope: How is music different today to when you were a kid?
Mrs. Fletcher: When I was a kid we sat in chairs and sang from a book. I don’t remember playing instruments or moving around as much.
Penelope: If you could give advice to someone who wants to be a music teacher, what would it be?
Mrs. Fletcher: Be flexible, learn as many instruments and music as you can, always look for new ideas and always have fun with what you do.
Penelope: Do you play any instruments if so what are they?
Mrs. Fletcher: I sing. That was my primary instrument. I took piano lessons for 11 years. I play the recorder, and I play the guitar but I don’t know the guitar very well.
Penelope: Do you still play any of those instruments now?
Mrs. Fletcher: Yes, except the guitar.
Penelope: Did you teach any other grades?
Mrs. Fletcher: I did teach at a middle school.
Penelope: Did you always want to be a music teacher?
Mrs. Fletcher: I thought about being a math teacher and a nurse.
Penelope: What is your favorite movie and why?
Mrs. Fletcher: Sound of Music. It’s a musical. I got to visit where it was filmed in Austria.
Penelope: What are your other favorite musicals?
Mrs. Fletcher: I love all the Disney movies that have singing in them, Wicked and My Fair Lady.
Penelope: Did you ever sing or play in your school musicals?
Mrs. Fletcher: Yes, I was in my fifth grade musical and sang Tomorrow from Annie. I was in the chorus of Annie Get Your Gun in high school. I was the lead of Guys and Dolls. I used to sing musicals on a dinner train when I was in college. It was like dinner theatre and I did White Christmas and Oklahoma.
Penelope: Do you think Hampton will ever do a musical?
Mrs. Fletcher: I think if we were to ever do a musical we would need a lot more help. To do a musical like Annie or The Lion King we would need to have lots of other help, like more teachers and students from other grades involved. I would be willing to do it if we had more help.