Lakes High School music teacher Tami LaFrance is the February Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month.
LaFrance is in her third year as Lakes High School’s band and orchestra teacher.
According to Brian Laubach, Lakes co-principal, LaFrance is a valuable team member.
“Tami has made large strides in improving the instrumental music program at the school. In her second year at Lakes she began an Advanced Placement (AP) music theory class for students’ independent study,” said Laubach.
LaFrance responded to student requests to put together the AP music theory class, and not at school administrator’s request. She took it upon herself to develop the course and teach it. Fifty percent of the students in the class achieved a three or better on the five point scale exam. A score of three is considered meeting standard and some colleges/universities award credit to incoming freshmen for their performance.
This year LaFrance continues to teach the AP music theory class. For the spring concert LaFrance is having the students research US History during the time frame the music was written as an additional component to their learning.
Music has always been a passion for LaFrance. As a military spouse, she volunteered at schools for more than 14 years. Eventually, she decided to make teaching her vocation. She is a graduate of Western Washington University and grew up in Everett, Wash.
“I love music and teaching it,” said LaFrance. “There’s nothing about teaching music that I don’t like.”
“Tami puts in countless hours with the school’s marching and pep bands at every home football and basketball game. Last year she took the band to Disneyland for a spring performance,” said Laubach.