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Teacher Feature May 2018

What is your educational background?
Flat Rock Elementary, Gentry Middle, North Surry High, Brigham Young University Bachelor of Music
 
Where do you teach? What grade level(s) and subject area(s)? Mount Airy Middle School/ 6th, 7th, 8th Grade/ Chorus and General Music
 
How many years have you been in education? I have been in education for 16 years.

How many years have you worked in another career? I have taught private piano studio for 31 years.
 
Tell us about your family I have been married to Ray Riska for 31 years. We have four children; Aimee, David, Erica, and Kayla. I have four grandchildren; Callie, Miles, Isaac, and Eve. We have one grandson due this month!
 
What is your favorite part of the year and why? I love the fall the best because of the cool weather and pretty colors. I love to run outside in the cooler temperatures too!
 
Finish this statement, "I teach because," I teach because it is where my talent and love of music can best be used. I love to influence young learners in something that can touch their lives in a positive way. I enjoy seeing them grow in their abilities and understanding of music. I rejoice with them when they gain a sense of accomplishment as they master new skills.
 
Ask your class or group of students to describe you using 3 adjectives. They said "helpful", "intelligent", "patient"