Kathy Mitulski earned a BA in Music from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1987, then enjoyed a completely unrelated career in corporate marketing / advertising for nearly twenty years before connecting with her true calling: music education! With three little ones at home, she went back to school and in 2009 obtained K-12 vocal music certification from Lindenwood University. She taught band, choir and general music for two years at a K-8 parochial school in St. Charles, Missouri before accepting her current position in the Parkway School District. She just completed her seventh year at River Bend Elementary and feels blessed beyond measure to do something she loves so dearly!
Kathy enjoys learning and continually works to advance her own skills. Since changing careers, she has earned a Master’s in Education from Lindenwood, completed Orff Level I training, achieved First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege certification, and as often as possible, participates in Orff, Kodaly, World Drumming, Dalcroze, and choral conducting conferences and workshops. Current memberships include NafME, MMEA, AOSA, St. Louis AOSA (board member, secretary 2010-2015), FAME, OAKE and SLAKE.
Kathy was recognized as River Bend’s Teacher of the Year (2015-16) and was a district teacher of the year finalist because she routinely takes on leadership roles that serve both students and her colleagues. She offers year-round extra-curricular choir and drum circle programs, coordinates collaboration time for fellow specialists, chairs multiple building committees and mentors new teachers at the building and district levels. She served as leader of her multi-school professional learning cadre and was a founding member of the district Fine Arts Action Team. She has worked on or led numerous fine arts initiatives including writing new elementary progress reports, creating and updating growth measure assessments, writing new music curriculum, piloting new curriculum, investigating new resources, and more.
Kathy is honored by the nomination for the office of Elementary Vice-President and appreciates the opportunity to serve in a new way.